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Dental Help on a Date: How to Beat Bad Breath

If you are planning to go out on a date and perhaps have a drink or two before seeing a movie or going for dinner, you may be worried about bad breath. If you think you have bad breath, you are not alone. Many people suffer from bad breath and the good news is there are some very simple steps you can take to tackle this problem. Below are 3 steps you can take to help overcome bad breath.

Choose Your Food with Care

On the day of your date, you should avoid foods which contain onion, garlic or spices as they can cause bad breath which will last all day, so even if you have a cheese and onion sandwich at lunch, it could still cause you to have bad breath in the evening. You should instead try to eat fresh foods which contain crunchy fruits or vegetables. As well as not containing anything that will leave an unpleasant odour in your mouth, these foods are good for you and also help to naturally clean you teeth as the rough fibre of the fruit or vegetable comes into contact with your teeth.

Chew Gum

Chewing gum can help to increase the flow of saliva in your mouth which helps to wash away bacteria which cause bad breath. You should be careful only to chew sugar-free gum, as any sugar you put into your mouth will allow the bad breath causing bacteria to grow. For this reason you should avoid sugary foods in the time before your big date.

Maintain Your Oral Health Routine

If you find that you are suffering from persistent bad breath, the chances are you are not maintaining a proper oral health routine. It is vital you brush for at least 2 minutes everyday and floss on a regular basis. This will help to prevent food debris becoming trapped between you teeth and gums. Bacteria will break down the food debris, which causes the foul smell associated with bad breath. You should use a toothbrush with medium or soft bristles to remove food debris without causing damage to your teeth or gums.

If you have any concerns about persistent bad breath ruining your dates, you should book an appointment to see a dentist, who will be able to check your oral health, remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and offer you advice on how to beat bad breath for good.