In pretty much every movie about Valentine’s Day, a choreographed date builds up to the Perfect Kiss. All it took to make it happen was a big film crew, some movie stars, and a few million dollars.

What’s missing from this picture? Bad breath. (And it’s not just because you can’t smell a movie.) Bad breath is something everyone can get, and it’s something everyone, at some time or another, has been anxious about.

So, we put together a few tips for avoiding bad breath, whether you’re going for the Perfect Kiss, Whatever Kiss You Can Get, or just want to your partner to stop making that “Yucky Breath Face” whenever you kiss him or her.

Don’t sweat it, even celebrities get bad breath!

If you have bad breath, you’re not alone. Remember those movie stars we were talking about? It might make you feel better to know the bad breath comes between even Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. According to this article, Brad gave Angelina a case of breath mints for Valentine’s Day in 2013. Apparently this is what you get for the person who has everything!

What causes bad breath?

There’s some bad breath that most people have—morning breath, garlic breath, coffee breath, to name a few. For these situations there are some easy solutions:

  • Brush and floss thoroughly to remove food particles from your mouth
  • Rinse with a flouride anti-cavity mouthwash—tooth decay doesn’t smell good
  • Stay hydrated—a dry mouth is more prone to bad breath
  • Avoid smoking—there’s no better way to dry out your mouth
  • Keep sugarless breath mints or gum in your purse or pocket—this one is self-explanatory

But what if none of these work for you? You might have halitosis—persistent, “malignant” odor of the breath.

There’s bad breath, and then there’s halitosis

Lasting bad breath with a very powerful odor can be caused by bacteria growing in your mouth. Some typical places this can happen are below the gumline, and towards the back of the tongue. Our favorite tip for reducing bad breath is to add brushing the tongue to your brushing routine, especially the back of it. This helps to dislodge and kill the bacteria responsible for the smell.

But, what if you do all these things and it still doesn’t work? It’s time to come see us. We’ll help you diagnose the problem and find a solution.There’s no reason to continue letting bad breath impact your life!

If you’re concerned about your breath, make an appointment today!

You aren’t powerless in the fight against halitosis, no matter how severe or mild your case is. Chances are that we’ll be able to help you conquer bad breath with a few modifications to your daily routine. But you won’t know until you come see us! Call us today!