Imagine, you’re sitting at the restaurant with your gorgeous new date.
You’re both laughing and having a great time.
Everything is going perfectly.
When it suddenly hits you…
Your breath smells!
Maybe it was the onions you ate for lunch.
Or the maybe it was the coffee you had after work.
But you know at this moment, you have to get rid of the stank before your date realizes and runs for the hills.
So what can you do?
Here are some tips to quickly freshen your breath - and maybe also save your date.
Tip 1: Moisten your mouth
Bad breath can often be caused by a dry mouth, so you want to keep your mouth moist and wet. Drinking water helps fight bad odor since it washes away food debris and bacteria in your mouth. In fact, you should be drinking 6 to 8 glasses a day.
Ask for a glass of water with a lemon. Squeeze the lemon into your water and mix it.
Lemons contain citric acid, which will help mask the odor.
To get the best benefit, eat the pulp too.
Tip 2: Use salt
Salt is a great way to kill bacteria in your mouth.
Saltwater rinses have been around for ages. References appear as early as 2700 B.C., where the Chinese used it to treat gum disease. It was a common part of the oral hygiene routine for the upper classes during the Roman Empire.
Grab some salt (there should be some on the table), if you can take it without your date noticing. Another option is to leave for the bathroom and ask the waiter for some salt and a glass of water.
Gargle it for 5 to 10 seconds to kill off some of the bacteria.
If your date asks, you can always just say you have a sore throat.
Tip 3: Eat something crunchy
Order a salad that comes with apples, celery, or carrots.
The fibrous nature of these foods promotes saliva production and maintains healthy pH levels in your mouth.
They’re high fibre content also has the added benefit of gently massaging your gums while freshening your breath.
Tip 4: Munch on parsley
Parsley is a fantastic natural breath freshener.
It contains chlorophyll to fight bad breath and neutralize internal body odors before they leave your body. The herb is also rich in calcium and fluorine, which helps to strengthen tooth enamel.
Ask for a dish that comes with parsley for instant breath refreshment. Be sure to excuse yourself after to check if any of the herb is stuck in your teeth.
Tip 5: Clean your tongue
Did you know that as much as 50% of the bacteria in your mouth live on your tongue? Yuck. And it’s these particular bacteria that cause bad breath.
The best way of removing bacteria on your tongue is by scraping it off.
• Sneak a spoon into the bathroom and moisten it (this makes it easier to wash the scraped off gunk).
Turn the spoon upside down, stick out your tongue, and gently scrape your tongue from back to front. Don’t forget the sides. Also try to relax or you will gag.
Once you’re done, rinse your mouth. You’ll be surprised with how much cleaner your mouth will feel.
Practicing Good Dental Hygiene
To keep your breath smelling fresh, it’s important to brush your teeth, floss, and use mouthwash. Good oral habits also keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Bad breath can be caused by variety of things, including dry mouth, gum disease, smoking and medications. If bad breath is a persistent issue, you should check with your dentist or doctor for any underlying problems.
A toothache is a terrible thing to endure.
If you’ve been unlucky enough of having one, you know how painful they can be.
The numbing throbbing pain you can feel in your jaw and just about every other part of your body.
They also have a knack of hitting you at the worse possible times – when it’s late at night and your dentist’s office is closed. Talk about frustrating!
So why do we get toothaches?
Toothaches happen when the central portion of the tooth, the pulp, becomes inflamed. The pulp contains nerve endings that are highly sensitive to pain. Inflammation to the pulp can be caused by various reasons such as cavities, trauma, and infection.
It’s important that if your tooth aches you should see a dentist as soon as possible. There’s a chance it could be infected and if left untreated it can lead to bigger health problems beyond the affected tooth.
These 5 home remedies should hold you over until you can visit the dentist:
This is probably one of the best ways for soothing a toothache. Mix ¼ to 1/2 tsp. of salt in a glass of warm water. Gargle it for 5 to 10 seconds, spit it out and repeat. The salt water helps kill the bacteria in the affected area and reduce the pressure on the nerve endings.
Note: Don’t swallow the salt water.
Painkillers provide quick, effective relief for minor toothaches. Having a sore tooth can make it difficult to eat, speak and even sleep, so an over-the-counter pain medicine can help ease the pain.
Note: Don’t place the aspirin on the gum of the affected tooth. Aspirin is an acid and will burn your gums. Swallow the aspirin instead.
Clove oil, also known as Eugenol, is a common ingredient found in dental products. Cloves have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant and anesthetic properties that help ease tooth pain and fight infection.
Mix 2-3 drops with olive or cooking oil and apply the mixture on the sore tooth. You can also dab a cotton ball in the oil mixture and rub it on the affected area.
Note: You can find clove oil at most drug stores
Fill a Ziploc bag with ice, wrap a cloth around it, and hold it over your cheek where it hurts. The cold temperature will numb the pain.
Note: Don’t apply the ice directly on the affected tooth. Teeth inflamed by toothaches are sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, so this will only increase the pain.
Alcohol is an antiseptic and an astringent and can help ease the pain of a toothache. Swoosh a bit of whiskey, scotch or vodka. Another option is pouring some it on a cotton ball and applying it to the sore tooth.
Note: A strong mouthwash with alcohol will also work.