Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you could not enjoy a pleasant conversation because the other person’s breath is a stench? I tell you, it’s not a good place to be. It feels like you are between the devil and the deep blue sea. What do you do? Do you just stop the conversation? Do you walk away? Or do you stay there and “die” in silence.
Your Oral Wellness is part of your appearance and it is so important in every area of life. It’s important for you as a professional, as an entrepreneur, as a sales person, customer service personnel, marketer, speaker, consultant, business owner, chef, teacher, domestic staff, etc. It forms a huge part of your image, your professional and personal excellence. Believe it or not, you are immediately judged by the way you look, smell and come across. Poor oral hygiene will create a very poor impression about you and you will have to work extra hard to change that impression.
I have heard stories of how people have lost business opportunities because of their bad breath, how a job interview was stopped in less than two minutes into the discussion because of the interviewee’s dragon breath, how prospectively great relationships have been dissolved because of one party’s poor oral hygiene.
So what do people experience when they encounter you? Bad breath is so off putting and is a turn off, especially when on a first date, or a first business or social meeting; or any form of casual interactions for that matter. It gives an impression that you are lazy and don’t care about your appearance.
Boost your confidence this Valentine’s season, at that job interview, that first date and avoid the embarrassment of poor oral hygiene at that business or social meeting.
Here are five quick tips to a fresh breath:
- Brushing your teeth at least twice daily is a good way to prevent bad breath. Most importantly, brush the tongue. The bacteria that cause the odour are mostly trapped on the tongue. Dentists recommend that you brush for at least three minutes each time.
- Avoid spicy foods just before your meeting. Some of the spices leave a strong smell that remains in your breath for days.
- A splash of mouthwash would also help; and popping mints into your mouth as the need arises. Though this may only mask the problem for a couple of hours if the main cause is not addressed.
- A visit to the dentist will reveal if you have any cavities. When cavities are filled and deliberate attention is paid to oral hygiene, the dragon breath will be controlled.
- Trapped food particles in-between the teeth should also be removed with the floss. The floss will reach areas that the toothpicks would not. Besides, dentists advice that the toothpick may cause damage to the gums, which may also result in bad breath; so floss regularly after eating.
Finally, if your bad breath continues after deliberate efforts to keep it fresh, please see your doctor, it might be a medical condition.