Your oral health
“First and foremost, your current oral health has a huge impact upon the freshness of your mouth,” says Henry. “Bacteria can build up in your mouth and release unpleasant gases, so make sure that you’re removing plaque - the white sticky deposit that collects on your teeth - by brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day. Bacteria can also lurk on the surface of your tongue, so it may benefit from a quick brush too. Make sure you’re cleaning between your teeth every day to remove plaque and food particles stuck between your teeth, as these will start to smell as they break down. Gum disease and other infections in the mouth can cause very bad breath, so make sure you visit your dentist and hygienist regularly to keep on top of things.”
Food and drink
“Avoiding strong-smelling food will help to keep your breath fresh,” advises Henry. “These include onions, garlic, and spices, and drinks such as coffee and alcohol. It’s also worth noting that crash-diets, not eating enough, and low carbohydrate diets can cause bad breath because your body starts to break down body fat to feed itself, which produces chemicals called ketones that can be smelt on your breath.”
“Smoking stays on your breath a long time as well as your hair and clothes,” says Henry. “It also increases your risk of gum disease, which is another potential cause of bad breath.”
Staying fresh on your date
Feeling a bit nervous before an important date? “Staying hydrated is important for fresh breath, as a dry mouth and lack of saliva, which can sometimes be caused by nerves, can cause bad breath,” advises Henry. “Drink plenty of water. Sugar-free chewing gum and mints will increase your saliva flow and give you extra confidence before and during your date.
*The survey was conducted by YouGov on behalf of Denplan. All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 5,148 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 13th - 17th January 2014. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+). Please note, as of February 2017, Denplan have rebranded as Simplyhealth Professionals.
Published: July 01th, 2015