A patient of mine who’s an actress once told me what an ordeal it was to kiss her super-hot leading man. Turns out the guy had really bad breath. She got through the scene by offering him some gum when they were on a break. Because I’m often inches from my patients’ faces when I’m examining them, I try to make sure my breath is fresh. Here’s how to avoid doggy breath:
∙ Watch your diet. What you eat affects the way your breath smells, so avoid foods like onions and garlic, which contain sulfur compounds that give them — and your breath — a strong odor. Cheese, orange juice, and soda (including diet soda) can also cause bad breath.
∙ Brush and floss to remove decomposing food particles and bacteria (gross, but true). If you do this after eating, you shouldn’t need mouthwash.
∙ Think ahead. If I'm on the go and I know I won't have time to brush after lunch, I pack a Colgate Wisp — a disposable mini toothbrush that comes with toothpaste and can be used without water...
∙ Drink water. Even if you don't eat for hours, water helps rinse away food particles and bacteria. In fact, people get "morning breath" because there's less saliva in their mouths during the night.
∙ Try MintAsure, an all-natural breath pill that contains parsley seed oil and natural peppermint flavoring.
∙ Go to the dentist. Regular dental checkups and professional cleanings help prevent tooth decay and gum infection —both of which can cause bad odors in your mouth.
If you still have bad breath (or someone close to you does), talk to a doctor. An underlying medical condition, such as a sinus or lung infection, postnasal drip, or diabetes, may be to blame.