When you go out to holiday parties this year, you want to look your best. Shouldn’t you smell your best, too? Although you will probably wash and may even put on cologne or perfume, you also want to make sure your breath is fresh and remains fresh throughout the night. If you leave the house with fresh breath before a party, here are some tips for keeping it fresh as the party stretches into the wee hours of the morning.

Be Aware of Sulfurous Foods

Sulfur is the primary ingredient in many bouts of bad breath. Eating foods with a lot of sulfur makes it more likely that you will have smelly compounds produced in your mouth as food remnants ferment. The highest sulfur content is found in seafoods, particularly crab, lobster, and scallops.

Next comes nuts for high sulfur levels. Roasted, salted peanuts have the highest levels of sulfur, followed by Brazil nuts, almonds, and walnuts, though by the time we get to walnuts, the sulfur level is about a fourth that found in peanuts, and a fifth of the level in crab or lobster.

Veal is the meat highest in sulfur, followed by chicken, then beef. Livers are high in sulfur, too, so be aware of the paté.

Cheese is also high in sulfur, especially cheddar.

Visit the Veggie Tray

Raw vegetables are a great way to help keep your breath fresh. Crispy options like raw carrots or celery can help clean your teeth so there’s not as much sulfurous residue there to stink. Even vegetables that are high in sulfur, such as broccoli, have less than walnuts. You can also steal some of the garnish. Chewing on parsley or mint will help restore your fresh breath.

Drink Smart

Another big problem that can lead to bad breath is dehydration. If you’re drinking alcohol all night, you’re going to dry your mouth out. Alternate with water to stay hydrated. And be aware that many drinks, especially mixed drinks, contain lots of sugars that can feed oral bacteria, who then give off smelly gases.

Brush, Floss and Rinse

Finally, we are going to eat what we like aren’t we? If you eat some of the foods that are higher in sulfur do your best to remove the food remnants from around your teeth using good brushing and flossing techniques. A tongue scraper can also help remove particles of food which hide in the irregular surfaces of the tongue. It is then helpful to use a rinse that helps to break up the volatile sulfur compounds that may form and make the breath smell bad. Our favorite over-the-counter rinse is SmartMouth Advanced Clinical Formula.

Persistent Bad Breath

However, if you suffer from persistent bad breath, these tips probably won’t do much to help you. In this case, your bad breath may be related to persistent bacterial infection, either gum disease or potentially an infected tooth, which requires a root canal to treat. Sometimes, though, antibacterial treatments like CariFree can help tackle bad breath.

If you want help combatting bad breath, please call (702) 873-0324 for an appointment with a Las Vegas dentist at the office of Dr. James B. Polley.