What makes a mouth more kissable?

Posted on: 01 July 2009 by Gareth Hargreaves

Ingrid Bergman once said: “A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.”

perfect kissSo what makes a mouth more kissable? Body language and aesthetic experts agree that one of the most important assets people have to make themselves more attractive is their smile.

Kissing is not purely about attraction - it is an important social interaction. From hugging and kissing a grandchild to greeting a close friend, it is something we all do regularly. In close contact, it is important that our mouths don’t let us down.

So how can you make your mouth fresh and kissable?

1) Check for bad breath

If asking a friend is a out of the question, simply lick the inside of your wrist, wait a few seconds for it to dry and then sniff. A sour or sickly sweet odour means your breath needs attention

2) Look after your lips

If you have a tendency towards dry, cracked lips use a good lip salve regularly. Lips can burn too, so outdoors use a lip salve with a high sun screen factor

3) Clean your tongue

Bacteria responsible for bad breath can hide in the rough surface of your tongue, where they breed and release volatile sulphur compounds. So clean your tongue thoroughly with a brush or tongue scraper

4) Food to avoid

Highly spiced foods can remain on the breath for a long time. So avoid foods like raw onion, curries, cabbage, eggs, garlic and red meat well before that first date. Eating parsley or fennel may help to counter the odour of garlic or onion

5) Clean your teeth thoroughly

Brush thoroughly with a fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes twice a day. Clean in between your teeth with floss or special mini brushes – again bacteria causing gum disease and bad breath can accumulate in these hard to reach areas

6) Smoker's breath...

 “Ashtray breath” will disappear when you choose not to smoke! It will also reduce the chance of getting gum disease and mouth cancer.

7) Drink lots of water

Drinking lots of water regularly will ensure your mouth well hydrated by and help keep your breath fresh

8) Mouth washes & mints

Good antibacterial mouthwashes can help to keep breath fresh. And the occasional sugar-free mint can give you extra fresh breath confidence

9) Alcohol & coffee

Alcohol candehydrate your mouth and coffee can make bad breath worse. So, everything in moderation, with lots of water.

10) Finally, use a mirror

A quick check for strawberry pips etc lurking between your teeth isn’t spoiling your smile!

 

About The Author

Dr. Henry Clover BDS, Dental Advisor for Denplan Ltd – formerly in general dental practice and owning his own family practice for many years, Henry now regularly offers advice in the UK media including The Mirror, The Mail, Zest, FHM and Metro.

For more information about Denplan, visit www.denplan.co.uk

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