Your smile may dazzle from across the room, but no one will enjoy a closer look if you’re suffering from bad breath. In fact, a Safe Breath survey reported that:
- 86% could not disregard bad breath on a first date.
- 58% have lost interest in someone they were attracted to due to bad breath.
- 48% of women 18 to 34 would end a relationship with someone with consistently bad breath.
- 71% feel less confident meeting someone of the opposite sex if their breath isn’t fresh.
These statistics highlight that when it comes to bad breath, everyone loses out. So adopt these 4 important habits to help keep the bad out of your breath.
- Watch what you eat — Foods like garlic and onions may improve the flavor of your meal, but your pungent breath will have the opposite effect on your social life. Limit these breath-bashers to times when you won’t be in close proximity with others.
- Brush up on oral hygiene — Brush teeth twice a day, and clean between teeth daily. Brushing the tongue also helps remove unwanted bacteria and food debris that contribute to foul smelling breath.
- Smoking & alcohol — The smell of alcohol and tobacco can linger on your breath long after use. Completely avoid, or limit the timing of when these products are used.
- Breath boosters — Breath mints, chewing gum, or other breath-enhancers can be used to temporary mask the unpleasantness of bad breath.
- Dental visits — Periodontal disease and tooth decay both contribute to offensive breath. Regular visits to your dentist help prevent these from becoming an issue, and can provide diagnosis and treatment of chronic bad breath.
Contact Dr. Giesy, your local Tacoma dentist, today and kick chronic bad breath to the curb! Then you can let others enjoy the beauty of your smile, not only from a distance, but up close and personal too. Don’t forget to share these tips with your friends and family to promote safe breath for everyone. Drop us a line: What odors are a complete turn off for you? Will you tell someone if they have bad breath? Share your secrets as to what you do to keep your breath at its best?