3 Tips for Keeping Your Breath Date-Night Fresh

Have you ever been in this situation? You’re attending a wedding or important dinner and meet someone new, but you’re afraid to speak because you worry your breath may stink. Even if you are diligent about flossing, brushing, and using mouthwash, you wonder if it’s enough.

Almost 25% of people suffer from the embarrassing condition of bad breath. Causes range from dry mouth to dental issues to systemic diseases like diabetes. In fact, did you know the incredibly popular keto diet often results in terrible breath?

So what can you do to ensure you have fresh breath at your next night out or special event like attending a wedding? We rounded up some helpful ideas, particularly for those events that include a meal.

Prep before the meal.

Of course, brushing your teeth can help prevent bad breath, but you can take it a few steps further. After brushing your teeth, make sure you clean your tongue. Brushing your tongue makes sure bacteria doesn’t build up, which causes bad breath. You could also try a tongue scraper for this job.

Another option is to take an antacid before you start eating. You may be accustomed to doing this after eating in order to alleviate any antacid or food intolerance, but doing it beforehand can reduce odors in your mouth.

Choose your food carefully.

With certain foods come additional risks for bad breath. However, some things found on the menu may help prevent it. Try incorporating a probiotic — commonly found in yogurt and sourdough — into your meal. (You could also add a supplement to your daily routine.)

Another good choice would be a food with lots of vitamin C. Green peppers, citrus, and kiwi can help with fresh breath. Citric acid makes your salivary glands work well, eliminating that unwanted bacteria that can affect your breath.

You probably already guessed that avoiding garlic is a good idea, but you should also add onion to that list. They both have great anti-inflammatory benefits, but they aren’t going to do you any favors in the fresh breath department.

Remember after-meal care.

Flossing after a meal will ensure anything stuck between your teeth is removed, preventing bacteria from spreading. Old food and newly eaten food can heavily impact your breath. Keep some minty floss in your purse or pocket so you can sneak into the bathroom to floss after your meal.

Also, don’t be afraid to pop in a stick of gum after eating. Sugarless and peppermint flavors are the best option. It’s an easy thing to carry and can quickly help freshen up your breath if you can’t brush right away.

A lasting tip: drinking water throughout the day and during the event will help keep your mouth clean and your breath fresh.