Today (July 6th) is National Kissing Day which is now celebrating its 22nd year after being launched by Denplan in 1995

However, those hoping for a romantic encounter today may need to check their breath if they want to have any chance of a kiss.

Clearly your chances of love could be at risk if you go in for a kiss if your date takes a dislike to your breath. So what can be done?

Here are some tips:

1. Make sure your oral hygiene is good. First and foremost your current oral health has a huge impact on the freshness of your mouth. Bacteria can build up in the mouth and release unpleasant gases, so make sure you’re removing plaque- the white sticky deposit that collects on your teeth- by brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day. You also need to clean between your teeth every day to remove plaque and food particles as these will start to smell as food breaks down. Visit your dentist and hygienist regularly and follow their instructions for cleaning your teeth and gums. Gum disease and other infections in the mouth can cause very bad breath, so regular dental visits are vital to keep on top of things.

2.Food and drink

Avoiding strong-smelling food will help to keep your breath fresh. 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.

3.Smoking

Smoking stays on your breath a long time as well as your hair and clothes. It also increases your risk of gum disease, which is another potential cause of bad breath.

4. 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. 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.

This advice was issued by Denplan to mark National Kissing Day’s 20th anniversary.

Why not visit the hygienists page of our website to see our two videos demonstrating how to clean and floss your teeth correctly.