The state of our oral health plays an important role in many instances.
One of those instances just so happens to be when we go out on dates; we want to have the freshest breath possible in hopes not to embarrass ourselves in front of our date.
When it comes to dinner dates especially, it’s important that we opt for foods that leave our breath as fresh as possible and don’t worsen it.
Here are some bad breath foods to avoid on dates:
Spicy and/or highly seasoned foods
First and foremost, spicy and/or very seasoned foods will cause worsening bad breath.
Indian food, being highly spiced, is one group of food that can contribute to strong-smelling breath.
Try to opt for foods that are more mild in flavor and aren’t super seasoned such as a light salad with fairly light dressing if having fresh breath is in your favor.
We all know that coffee is strong smelling and is bound to leave the breath smelling like coffee for hours on end.
While some don’t mind or even like the smell of coffee breath, the majority find coffee breath to be smelly and distracting when they’re on a date.
While alcohol is a likely component of a dinner date, it’s clear that alcohol causes bad breath due to its high acidity and scent.
People often drink alcohol on dates to “loosen up” when they’re nervous, but bad breath is a definite outcome of choosing such as beverage on a date and should be avoided for those aiming to have fresh breath.
Garlic, being such a strong and pretty spicy root vegetable, leaves the breath smelling very strong and even foul.
The smell of strong garlic can stay in the mouth for over 24 hours if consumed enough, even with thorough oral hygiene.
Light consumption of garlic-y foods may be fine; however, try to keep garlic out of your dinner date if you plan to have fresh breath.
Onions, like garlic, are strong smelling and are spicy in flavor.
Specifically, raw onions give the mouth a scent that’s not pleasant when on a date.
You can likely get away with consuming cooked onions, but consuming too many may cause bad breath.
Fish has that specific smelly scent we can all pretty much admit we hate. The worst part is, is that it lingers. Especially when smelling it on someone’s breath, the smell of fish is not ideal to smell on a date with someone you really like.
Overall, these are the foods and drinks you should avoid if fresh breath is something to admire on a date. Also opt for sugarless, minty chewing gum; breath sprays; or mints to keep your breath minty no matter what you opt to consume.
While fresh breath is not a major factor for everybody, your date may be one of those people who is particularly bothered by foul-smelling breath. Set the mood and give off a good first impression with great breath.