Now this is one “holiday” we can get behind!

The U.S. Census Bureau recently noted (unfortunately, the link is no longer available) in their daily “Profile America” feature that August 6th is National Fresh Breath Day. According to their own data from 2007, the “toiletries” business amounts to over $43B annually, which means Americans are big spenders when it comes to personal hygiene and appearance.

And while articles about National Fresh Breath Day are plenteous online, the origin of this celebration is a bit obscure. One story from the Washington D.C. CBS affiliate includes some great advice about how to have fresh breath, even pointing out that using mouthwash can actually promote the growth of the bacteria that cause bad breath and other oral health issues.

Sadly, they failed to mention one of the most important habits you can cultivate which will consistently help you have fresh breath: brushing your tongue. Since 90% of all odor-causing bacteria reside on the tongue — and much of it toward the back of the tongue, brushing and flossing your teeth just doesn’t get the job done.

In fact, manual removal of “tongue dung” is the most effective way to rid your mouth of the nasty gunk, since no amount of liquid will actually neutralize all of that bacteria. Scrapers have been around for centuries, but they leave behind a substantial amount. This is why the original Tung brush is the best way to celebrate National Fresh Breath Day. Don’t forget the gel as well! (Even better, a pair of starter packs will have you and your significant other all set to have fresh breath together!)

Here’s to your fresh breath and your health!

Don’t forget to look around the site for more on how to get rid of bad breath!