When you’re preparing yourself for a night out on the town with your friends or even a date with someone you just met, a big part of what goes into your prep routine is your look. You think over the shoes you’re wearing, your outfit, and especially your hair. Looks are a first impression people get of you, so it’s no wonder that you’re taking care of the essentials while getting ready before going out.
But beyond looks, what else matters to the people you may meet? Your disposition and mood? Your confidence? How about your breath?
We always seem to check our breath last, especially when we’re in a hurry and brushing our teeth a second time is out of the question because the clock is ticking down. Perhaps we pop in a piece of gum. Maybe we nuke our mouths with a big swash of alcoholic mouthwash. Mint spray, anyone? (Perhaps that’s out of date these days.)
No matter the case, our breath is a huge part of what we prepare for, even if it’s taken of last. We don’t want our date or the people we talk to while we’re out thinking that our teeth and dental health are poor or that we didn’t “care enough” to check that our breath smelled good. These things can leave a bad first impression, so we’re rightfully worried about them.
Here are a two reasons your breath may smell bad constantly and what you can do to combat it.
Gingivitis actually affects a great portion of the US, so you wouldn’t actually be alone if this were the case. Yes, it’s embarrassing because it causes bad breath and bleeding gums. Yes, it can be treated if you make it to your dentist to have your gums cleaned, your teeth taken care of, and a proper dental hygiene routine set in place for the future. This is one of the most common causes of bad breath that is fixable so long as you’re on top of seeing your dentist.
The foods you just ate.
Kind of a “no duh” here. Garlic is an especially bad culprit, as you’ve heard. But coffee, alcohol, dairy, onions, and fish are also things that can throw a wrench in your breath game, so don’t think that having a flavored coffee from Starbucks is okay right before you meet up for your second date.
Both of these things are immediate culprits for bad breath and can easily be avoided so long as you know how to take care of your dental health and what foods and drinks to avoid before you meet up with that Tinder match.