Before seeking out your valentine this year, make sure your oral health is up to a loveable standard.
One of the most important physical attributes when it comes to attraction is your smile, getting it right for Valentine’s Day could make or break the night.
Bad breath can be a real passion killer. It is a common problem, and is usually caused by the smelly gases released by bacteria that coat the teeth and tongue and is often a warning sign of advanced gum disease.
Knowing you have fresh breath does wonders for your self-confidence and relationships. The opposite is true for people with bad breath, and it is not going to leave a good impression if you go to kiss someone on Valentine’s night and they turn their cheek because you have bad breath.
Here’s some advice on the best way to beat bad breath.
If you’re going out on a date, think carefully about what you’re eating. Garlic, coffee and onions all have the potential to cause bad breath, so if you’re hoping to get a kiss after the date, look for foods which won’t leave a bad taste in the mouth.
If you need to freshen your breath up, carry some sugar-free gum, as chewing will stimulate saliva and help prevent your mouth from drying out.
Take a couple of minutes to floss or clean in between your teeth with interdental brushes before you leave, as bits of food that get caught between the teeth and will rot and cause an unpleasant smell.
Brush your tongue, or using a tongue scraper
Use a mouthrinse containing an essential oil.
If you are a smoker, kick the habit for the night, as tobacco also causes bad breath.
To test if you have bad breath, simply lick the inside of your wrist, let it dry and sniff. If the smell is bad, you can be fairly sure you have bad breath. If it continues, contact us for advice.