love heart shapedYou will probably see many romantic quotes being shared on your social pages this weekend as people around the world observe this season of love.

This year, Valentine’s Day falls on the last day of the working week. Coincidentally, it is also Chinese Valentine’s Day, the 15th day of the Chinese New Year (元宵节 Yuan Xiao Jie, which loosely translates into Lantern Festival). Restaurants and flower shops will see an increase in reservations and bookings for the romantics at heart.

At the end of the working day, it may be helpful to do a check on your breath as you get ready to dress up to the nines to impress your date. After all, fresh breath will certainly add bonus points to the love already floating in the air.

Did you know that up to 500 species of germs are shared among couples when they kiss? This includes some germs that can cause gum disease.

Let us share with you some tips to ensure you have  kissable breath on Valentine’s Day (and every day)!

  • Drink Water
    Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially after meals, to help increase saliva flow and wash away leftover food particles.
  • Sugar-Free Sweets
    Avoid foods such as onions and garlic and beverages like coffee as they emit a peculiar smell and may be detected on a person’s breath for up to 72 hours after digestion. Have some sugar-free sweets to increase saliva flow, which will wash away the odor-causing bacteria.
  • Practice Good Oral Hygiene
    Regular checkups with your dentist can help get rid of the plaque and bacteria that build up on your teeth. At home, brush and floss for two minutes twice a day. Remember to brush your tongue to remove the bacteria that build up there as well.

We wish you plenty of love and good luck with your date tonight!

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