In a recent Philippines-based survey1, some 81% of people said that they would rather be kissed by an average-looking person with good breath than a hunk with bad breath. Which means bad breath is a romance-killer, while fresh breath boosts the potential for romance.
“You’ve got something in your teeth…” These are six words you never want to hear, particularly when romance is in the air. First dates are all about first impressions. Want to make a good one? Make sure your mouth isn’t a minefield so you can attract that special someone.
Below, we’ll cover some clever lifehacks that will keep your breath fresh (for a short while) during your date. But if you’re hungry for longer-lasting relief from bad breath, not to worry: there’s a perfect tool for that too (more on that later).
Know the Basics
If your date involves food, everyone knows garlic is a no-no if you want to end the night with a romantic kiss. Another watch-out is meat: protein particles are notorious for getting stuck in the crevices of your teeth.
There will always be a risk that some food particles remain on your teeth, or get stuck between them. Not only is this unattractive, but the food particles will get broken down by bacteria, releasing bad odors. So what can you do?
You don't have to have an entire tooth-cleaning kit strapped to your back, but small, discreet items can really help you out in case of an emergency. An airline-sized toothbrush and toothpaste could fit in your back pocket. Chewing gum or mints can be lifesavers, but do bear in mind that they are a short-term solution — they won't get rid of the bacteria that are actually causing bad breath. Another valuable tool is a tongue scraper. They are usually compact, inexpensive to purchase at a pharmacy, and freshen your mouth if you are prone to a fuzzy, yellowish tongue.
Use the Right Tools
If you're out and about, there's always something that can help maintain good breath. At a restaurant? They may have a toothpick you can hastily use, post-meal. At a bar? Look for celery sticks or other crunchy foods that act as cleaners, sloughing off particles that are clinging in your mouth.
You can even use the back of a spoon to check your reflection while your date is in the bathroom. But if you really want long-lasting fresh breath, ensure that you brush regularly with toothpaste that prevents bad breath build-up.
Colgate Total Pro Breath Health is that toothpaste — it’s armed with Odor Control Technology which prevents bad breath bacteria from multiplying throughout your day. The result: you enjoy fresh breath that stays with you for hours. Like a long-lasting relationship, long-lasting fresh breath takes investment: so invest in the toothpaste that leads to a good start for any date.