You are sitting at the dinner table with your new boss or with a potential new client and suddenly you realize your breath has an odor. It might have been the garlic dip at lunch, or just from an upset stomach, but at this moment you know you can't get rid of bad breath for good - you just need to temporarily fix it right now. Here are some ideas for sweetening your breath, and maybe saving the deal!
- Keep your mouth moist. Bad breath is often related to dry mouth.
- Drink water and ask for a bowl of lemon or lime to be included. Squeeze as much of the lemon/lime into the water as possible, as it will help cover up the odor.
- Chew some gum: Sugar-less gum will help to stimulate saliva production. This will help wash out some of the bacteria and food particles and to keep the mouth moist.
- Ask for a dish that comes accompanied by ginger, basil, mint leaves or parsley. Chew on any of these for instant refreshment. Excuse yourself and visit the bathroom to check for flecks of herb on your teeth.
- Order a Waldorf salad and request additional apple. Apples freshen and remove any pieces of stuck food in your teeth that may be causing the stale breath.
- Use salt (it'll be sitting on the table), if you can take it without raising suspicious glances. As an alternative, leave for the bathroom and ask the waiter to kindly bring you a little bit of salt for medicinal purposes. Gargle it to neutralize some of the odor. It is more effective if combined with baking soda.
- Note that, if you like whiskey and it befits the occasion, having a glass can help get rid of the odor. Whiskey will help kill the germs on teeth causing smells and will mask the bad odor in small amounts. Don't overdo it though - besides creating a bad impression, breath worsens the more alcohol consumed.
- Ask for strong, "black" coffee. That can cover odors rather well with its on own odor. But, cream and sugar can increase bacteria and odor.
- Sneak a spoon into the bathroom. Check to make sure you're alone. Look into the mirror, stick out your tongue and check for a pasty white goo on it. Turn the spoon upside down and use it to scrape your tongue, using a back to front motion. Try to relax or you will gag. Rinse your mouth and the spoon and sneak it back to the table. Make sure you rinse the gunk off! This most likely indicates a thrush thrush cure infection.
- Remember that, if you can't manage to sneak off with a spoon, you should head to the restroom, wash your hands, use your fingernails to scrape your tongue, then wash hands a second time to get rid of the foul-smelling goo. It might seem nasty, but if you wash your hands, it's not as bad as it seems.
- Rinse your mouth with water. Then use dry paper towel to rub each of your teeth. You can also use the inside of your shirt. This will make your teeth super smooth, like you just brushed your teeth. Then rinse your mouth again. If you have the rough brown type of paper towel, you can rub it on your tongue outwards and get some plaque coating off. Just be sure that the towel and your shirt is clean, otherwise it might make your breath worse.
- Don't lean in too closely towards your dinner partners. Keep a civil distance and smile a lot. If you feel the need to cough, sneeze or exhale deeply, use a tissue or handkerchief or quickly excuse yourself. Otherwise you risk allowing your mouth's odor to travel across the table.
- Brush your teeth twice per day. It is most important to brush before going to bed as the bacteria that cause bad breath are most active while you sleep by multiplying. Flossing at bedtime is not optional. The bacteria in your mouth will use the food bits between your teeth to stink up your mouth and make cavities in your teeth! Also consider getting a tongue scraper and mouthwash (from the toothbrush aisle at the grocery store) for a truly fresh mouth.
- Carry a small travel toothpaste and brush kit. You can use a flat, slip-over-the-finger toothbrush that goes nicely in a wallet or purse. These come small enough to fit in a purse or bag and will take care of the problem without risking sugary snacks or chemicals. You can find these in travel and camping stores.
- Always carry a sachet of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) in your carry bag. This will allow you to discreetly visit the bathroom and rub it into your teeth, gums and over your tongue.
- Other useful breath fresheners to have in your bag or pocket include mints, a candy cane during the holidays (bite off a slice and dissolve it on your tongue for kids), ginger candy, ginger cookies, Listerine Pocket strips, chewing gum (but not during dinner, only before arrival or you'll look unprofessional) and cinnamon chews.
- You can use scent but be careful not to be overpowering - many people don't like heavy scents and this could be off-putting at a business dinner. It'll also be far worse if they get a whiff of the bad breath and the scent all rolled into one!
- Brush your tongue as part of your daily dental care routine. You don't need a special tongue cleaner: a toothbrush and some toothpaste will do. A large percentage of people with bad breath apparently do not realize that food particles and bacteria lodge into lines and grooves of the tongue and stay there until the tongue is cleaned properly. When brushing your tongue, get as far back on the tongue as possible (yes, food gathers there, too) but don't jam the toothbrush so far back into your mouth that you induce vomiting: Few things will give worse breath than an instance of vomiting!
- There are some lip glosses that taste like mint , you may apply and then discreetly lick your lips.
- If bad oral hygiene is the cause of bad breath rather than a bad choice at lunchtime, use the embarrassment of worrying about bad breath to motivate you to floss, brush and mouthwash properly from now on. It's easier than having to find a quick solution!
- If bad breath is a frequent problem, consider how long it has been since your last trip to the dentist. Bad breath can be caused by periodontitis (gum disease).
- Bad breath can also be caused by a candida (yeast infection), you may have a constant white furry tongue. Look at cutting down your intake of sugars and processed foods, as well as those containing yeast. - Search for Anti-Candida diet on a search engine for more info.
- Also make sure you don't excuse yourself too much. They will think you're weird.
- Drinking too much whiskey(or any alcoholic drink)can be a bad idea for obvious reasons. Although being drunk might get rid of your worrying about bad breath, be advised that most will notice strange behavior more than bad breath.
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