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Keep Your Smile Sparkling and Fresh on Your First Date

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It’s no surprise that one of the first things people notice about you is your smile, and if you’ve got a big first date planned, you want your teeth looking their best from the second you meet to the moment you say goodbye. You don’t need to have a perfect smile to make the right impression – having bright, clean teeth and fresh breath goes a long way in making you look great and feel confident. Here’s how to keep your smile looking its best all night long.

  • Before you go out. You already know you’ll be putting some extra effort into your appearance before you go out. Use some dental whitening strips on your teeth a few days ahead of time to brighten your smile. Make sure you’re also diligently brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash to keep your mouth clean and free from bad bacteria. Avoid eating pungent foods like garlic that might contribute to bad breath, and don’t eat anything right before you go out that might stick in your teeth. If you are freshly brushed and flossed right before you go out, you’ll be ready to greet your date with full confidence.
  • After you eat. Chances are you’ll be doing something along the lines of dinner and a movie for your first night out together, so you’ll most likely be eating your fill of anything from popcorn, soda, and sticky candy at the movies to sipping on sugary drinks with dinner. All of these foods stick to your teeth and contribute to bad breath, so be sure to sip water during dinner to help wash some of it away. Bring a disposable pre-pasted toothbrush to use in the restroom if you opted for the sautéed spinach with garlic aioli, or at least bring a few dental floss picks and rinse your mouth with water afterwards to ensure that your most impressive smile doesn’t also include a piece of leafy greens stuck between your teeth.
  • Time to say goodnight. After coffee, dessert, and what was hopefully lots of witty banter that probably dried out your mouth, you’ll be grateful that you tossed that pack of sugarless gum into your pocket or bag before it’s time to close in and say goodnight. Caffeine, alcohol, and sugar all contribute to the acidity of your mouth and cause bad breath, which is consistently listed as the number one turnoff on a first date. Sugarless gum can help freshen things up in a pinch and also pick up stray food particles you may have missed during your post-meal teeth freshening.


Good oral hygiene speaks volumes about a person and the amount of care they put into themselves and their health. If you have healthy-looking teeth and fresh breath, people know that you are a conscientious and considerate first date who doesn’t neglect themselves. The professionals at Savannah Dental Care know that taking good care of your teeth goes beyond last-minute preparations before date night, and it’s important to have regular dental exams and cleanings to keep your teeth looking their best. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment.