Media Release: Kissing with confidence on Valentine’s Day

BAD breath can be one of the biggest passion killers on a Valentine’s Day date.

Your hair can be great, your make-up perfect (if you’re a girl), your outfit stunning and your patter perfect, but if your breath stinks you can forget about a steamy clinch at the end of the night.

Nothing can crush that loving feeling more quickly than a blast of smelly breath that could strip wallpaper.

Says a spokesperson: “It’s a problem that affects up to a quarter of adults on a regular basis and about 50 per cent of us suffer from this embarrassing condition at some point in our lives.

“At this time of year, when love is in the air, it’s particularly important to make sure our breath is clear for whispering sweet nothings.”

Leading Glasgow dentist, Dr Ambigai Jeyabalan, has some useful tips to ward off even the most potent dragon breath.

“No-one likes to think they have bad breath, but halitosis, is a common problem,” said Dr Ambi, who runs the Kalyani Dental Lounge and Pomegranate Gallery.

“Most people are unaware they have bad breath until they kiss someone on the cheek or mouth and the other person turns their head away.

“If you’re going out on a romantic date on February 14 and aren’t sure about your breath you can ask a trusted friend or family member to smell your breath.

“Or do this simple test – lick the back of your wrist or the back of a spoon, let it dry and take a sniff.”

Bad breath is usually caused by a build up of bacteria in the mouth as a result of food debris, plaque or gum disease.

It often occurs after eating strongly flavoured foods, such as onions and garlic.

Smoking and drinking a lot of alcohol can also cause your breath to smell unpleasant.

However, good dental hygiene can usually prevent bad breath.

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