It’s the holiday season, and you know what that means – lots of holiday parties!
Whether that idea makes you groan or cheer, you’ll still end up going to some. So, why not make the best impression you can?
One of the easiest ways to be the life of the party is to show up with fresh breath. But sometimes, that’s easier said than done.
At any party, you want to knock their socks off – not their noses. Follow these tips and you’ll have winter-fresh breath even Santa Claus would be proud of.
1. Chew Sugarless Gum
Your own saliva is actually your natural first defense against bad breath. Saliva helps neutralise bacteria and prevent it from colonizing your teeth. Chewing gum stimulates saliva production as you chew, so it should be a go-to solution if you need nicer breath for an hour or two.
2. Avoid Foods That Cause Stinkbreath
Lots of foods could have people you talk to running for the hills. Avoid the obvious culprits like garlic and onions and limit consumption of wine. Be most wary of sugar: Since it’s potent fuel for bacteria, it can turn breath sour after just a few minutes.
3. Brush Your Tongue and Floss
Many people who suffer from chronic bad breath have bacteria build-up on the tongue to blame. Brush your tongue before leaving for a party – and be sure to floss! Flossing removes bits of food that could spend days decaying between teeth, contributing to bad breath all the while.
4. Use Antibacterial Mouthwash
Ideally, you could brush your teeth after you eat at a party, but many people will find that hard to get around to. Instead, pack travel-sized antibacterial mouthwash in your coat or bag. It only takes ten seconds to “swish and spit” at the halfway point of your get together.
Better breath will give you more confidence at any party. That could mean striking up the chat that leads to a promotion or a romance worthy of a made-for-TV Christmas movie.
Luckily, there’s only one thing you absolutely need to understand about breath: It’s all about beating bacteria. Brushing and flossing will keep your breath beautiful in most situations, but when it counts most, these extra tips will make the difference.