If you’ve ever read online dating forums or advice columns or advice columns you know bad breath can be a deal breaker when it comes to first dates. This is why singles suffering from halitosis are often anxious on the first date. First kisses are nerve wracking enough without having to worry about halitosis. If you struggle with bad breath, you don’t have to miss out on the first kiss. Here are five helpful tips on how to make sure your mouth is ready when the time comes to pucker up:

1) Take BreathGemz Bad Breath Pills
Breath fresheners that contain sugar or alcohol can actually make breath worse. The bacteria in your mouth actually feeds off of the sugar – reproducing and creating sulfur compounds. Likewise, alcohol dries out the saliva that naturally breaks down debris. Mints and gum just make the problem worse. A better strategy is using a breath freshening capsule like BreathGemz. These pills eliminate bad breath rather than masking it and neutralize food odors including garlic, onions, and spicy foods. Breathgemz contain an all-natural liquid containing a blend of parsley seed oil and sunflower oil and are coated with a proprietary coating called Instimint™ that produces an instant minty fresh feeling. The combo addresses bad breath from the inside out. Take one before the date and a couple after diner as well.

2) Don’t Drink too Much
With first date jitters it can be easy to drink more alcohol than you would otherwise, but alcohol is a drying agent and drinking alcohol in excess can quickly kill off saliva, which is important in maintaining good breath. Additionally, some liquor and dark beers can cause strong unpleasant odors in even the freshest of mouths.

3) Don’t Smoke
Smoking can cause a stale smoky odor to linger in your mouth long after you’ve finished a cigarette and it also dries the mouth, making a more hospitable climate for bacteria. If you want to be ready for a spontaneous kiss avoid smoking before the date (and consider quitting for good to improve your health and breath for good).

4) Get Plenty of Water
Nerves can cause dry mouth, and a dry mouth can exacerbate bad breath so make sure you get plenty of water before and during the date. Don’t be afraid to bring a water bottle on your way to the date and order a glass of water with dinner. Drinking water regularly will not only improve your breath, it will also improve your skin and overall health.

5) Avoid “Bad Breath Foods”
Certain foods such as garlic, onions, citrus juices, and coffee are considered “bad breath foods.” Acidic foods like tomatoes, oranges, pineapple, and grapefruit can upset the pH balance in your mouth, causing bacteria to multiply faster. Avoid these ingredients, if possible, to make it easier for breath fresheners to do their jobs.

Remember, at the end of the night, if the date went well, lip locking is a possibility, but certainly not required. If you are concerned about your breath consider a romantic hug and kiss on the cheek. This will allow you to buy some time and let the relationship grow a little deeper before having to broach the subject of bad breath.

These tricks will help minimize the difficult dating situations that bad breath can cause, but they won’t cure the problem for good. With holiday parties, seasonal get-togethers, and mistletoe sightings around the corner, it’s time to stock up on the recommended products that can help eliminate your halitosis. If you suffer from chronic seemingly untreatable halitosis visit a clinic specializing in bad breath treatment, as there are a number of potential medical and physiological factors that a professional will be able to diagnose and address.

About the Author: Dr. Dailley has been practicing dentistry since 1981 and founded the Center for Breath Treatment in 1996. He holds a degree in Cell & Molecular Biology from San Francisco State University as well as a Dental Degree from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. Dr. Dailley performs on-going reserach for bad breath solutions to help cure bad breath. Visit Dr. Dailley, a bad breath dentist with a 99% success rate.

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Kissing with bad breath is a huge turnoff. Nobody would want to kiss someone with bad breath. It is disgusting. Seek a liberty mo dentist.

George Schneider
April 16, 2012 8:35 am

It is indeed gross to kiss an individual who has a bad breath. Halitosis is a severe bad breath that cab be contagious. It is essential to treat the case as soon as possible to prevent further illness. According to my fredericksburg dentist, severe bad breath may be cause of an impending internal problem.

My tucson az dentists recommends to scrape my tongue with a tongue cleaner to get rid of the bacteria that cause fungi. Halitosis might be prevented by regularly brushing and flossing our teeth and our tongue and consuming plenty of water roughly eight glasses, a day.

Edward Welch
April 30, 2012 3:20 am

Bad breath is so common that it shouldn’t be an embarrassment, but it is. Bad breath forces those who regularly experience this problem with a series of devastating challenges.

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Maia Dobson
May 2, 2012 9:39 am

These are wonderful tips to prevent bad breath when kissing. I would like to add that it's important to scrape the tongue with a plastic scraper before gargling with mouth wash.

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May 7, 2012 5:04 am

When you're dating, it's necessary to bring appropriate hygiene products specially the ones that could prevent bad breath. My Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist says that when you drink alcohol, it's important to drink plenty of water too to wash away the sting.

Be sure to always have fresh breath, it's really disgusting if you have halitosis.
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Isaac Jamieson
May 28, 2012 9:46 am

I’ve bought a pack of Breath Gems from my cosmetic dentist in Houston because she told me that it is effective to kill bacteria in my mouth that can cause bad breath. This is advisable for people who loves eating foods that can cause bad breath if they really can’t avoid those kind of foods.

Amira Black
May 29, 2012 10:08 am

My friend had his dentures in Charleston sc because of smoking. He is a chain smoker and I am glad I didn’t try to smoke when I was a teenager.

Kathereen Muniez
May 30, 2012 8:25 am

I always buy my breath fresheners from dentist in Fayetteville nc because they are near hometown. We always need to have a clean and fresh breath. It’s not only for kissing purposes but for hygiene satisfaction too.

Caroline Knight
June 7, 2012 1:40 pm

Just had my cavities fixed yesterday with my Piedmont dentist. Not only do they not hurt anymore, but I have fresher breathe now. This is why it's important to make sure we have regular check ups with our dentist.

You wouldn't want to give someone a kiss with a bad breathe, right? That's just plain embarrassing. It's not even hard to keep your breathe fresh, so I don't see a reason on why you should risk it. Personally, I just brush my teeth regularly and have dental cleaning every four months from my dentist in NYC.

Hannah Wilson
July 27, 2012 4:55 pm

Bad breathe and kissing just doesn't combine at all. Who in the right mind would want to kiss someone with bad breathe? This is the main reason I go to a dentist in omaha just to make sure that my teeth are always in perfect condition.