No sooner has one festive event passed than another finds its way into the calendar! As each one passes, no doubt you are thinking what the best and worst part of the event was. When it comes to Valentine’s Day what comes top in your mind is how well you hope to get on with a potential partner and there’s nothing worse for spoiling such an event than bad breath. The dating site Match.com recently revealed that 45% of the 5,000 single people who took part in a survey stated that fresh breath was key when trying to ask someone out on a date, with women more likely to be concerned about this feature of a potential partner than men.
The key to knowing if your breath smells is when a potential partner asks you what you ate last. The reason for asking this is likely to be due to the fact your breath has a smell that’s distracting in the negative sense.
You would far rather make sure your breath doesn’t smell of anything unpleasant as you don’t want feel embarrassed when meeting new people.
In order to avoid these bad encounters with bad breath you could try some of these suggestions just before going out on Valentine’s Day:
- Brush both your teeth and tongue just before you go out.
- Floss twice that day to ensure you have removed any food caught in between your teeth, which if left could smell.
- Use mouthwash to get rid of any germs present n your mouth.
- For breakfast you should try yogurt, as it replenishes bacteria that you need in your gut.
- There are certain foods you should avoid, like onions and garlic.
- Throughout your Valentine’s Day dinner you should drink a lot of water.
- Some people remember to take some mints with them when going to meet a new partner, but if you have forgotten you may find some herbs on your plate at dinner and you can quietly chew on them instead.
- A plateful of apples, berries and oranges not only sweetens your breath but they also help to increase the production of saliva. This removes particles from your mouth that cause bad breath.
- Drink lemon tea instead of coffee, as lemon does a great job of neutralizing bad breath.
- If you aren’t going straight to the event from home, make sure you take a toothpick or flosser to clear anything that has become stuck between your teeth throughout the day.
- If you really think you have bad breath, make sure you have a travel teeth cleaning set available, which you can use inconspicuously.
- Once your Valentine’s dinner is over, chew some gum which contains xylitol, as this will help to eliminate bad breath.
You mustn’t forget that your dentist can advise you on ways to control your bad breath so you should make sure you attend appointments regularly.