How to avoid the #1 turn-off on your first date (bad breath)


Going on a date? Heres how to avoid turn offs like bad breath and other common first date disasters!


Hi, Katrina Szish for Howdini. I'm joined by Melissa Brown, the president of It's Just Lunch. And she's going to be telling all of us how to avoid-- dun, dun, dun-- dating disasters.


Nice to see you.

Yes. Thank you for having me.
So what are some of the top dating disasters?

Well, I think it's hard to say just the top dating disasters, but I think we can generalize them. The first is just being on time, and not being late to the date.

With today's lifestyle-- I mean, people have busy schedules between their profession and their family. And sometimes, meetings run longer. You may get stuck in traffic. So, making sure that you're prepared, you're contacting the restaurant, you're contacting your date and letting them know can help avoid that dating disaster.

The other is just topics. You want to keep your topics nice and safe, especially on that first date. So, keeping it more to your interests and your hobbies, and staying away from political conversations, or especially talking about your exes, because that could lead you down to a dating disaster.


Oh, yes. Definitely. And then also, if you are going on a blind date, make sure the reservation is under both of your first names. This way you don't miss each other.


You don't want to end up meeting someone else.

Strangers passing in the night.

Exactly. So, put the reservation under both of your first names. And then, I hate to say it, but bad breath. That could be another dating disaster.

Is it a deal breaker?

Oh, absolutely. It's the number one turn off.

Really? Bad breath is number one?

Bad breath, yes. So, I mean, if you have a date that night, think about what you're eating that day. Stay away from garlics, and onions, and anything that may give you that bad breath. Coffee too.

So those are things that you might want to consider. So I always tell my clients, have a little refresh kit. Keep it at your office. Whether it's mouthwash, or a mini toothbrush and toothpaste. And so that way, before you go on the date, give yourself a little refresh in case you can't stop home to do that.

Or what if you even maybe just duck out, say, after dessert if you're anticipating a first kiss?

Oh, yes. If you are anticipating a first kiss, and that date is going good, I highly recommend excusing yourself and using the wash room before you head out to leave.

And what if you find yourself in a dating disaster? Maybe a conversation goes away it shouldn't. How do you get out of it if you already feel yourself in it?

Exactly. Exactly. Well, going on a first date can be a little nerve wracking. And we try and take that awkwardness away from our clients by setting them up. But remember to consider your date. Remember to ask them questions.

But if you find yourself getting carried away and the conversation is going somewhere that you don't want it to go, take a deep breath, take a step back, regroup yourself, and change different directions.

And in the end, would just kind of smiling or laughing be a way to diffuse a situation?

It helps. [LAUGHS] Sense of humor helps. Yes, absolutely.

Melissa Brown, thank you so much. OK, you are officially prepared to avoid dating disasters. So, get out there and have some fun.

Get a good oral care routine that includes brushing, floss, and mouthwash. Avoid the foods and activities that cause bad breath. No smoking, limit the coffee, and no garlic on the date or for lunch the same day.

Make sure you have a travel toothbrush and toothpaste and maybe some mints. And finally, keep a sense of humor about the whole thing. Dating is, after all, supposed to be fun.

On behalf of Scope, I'm Katrina's Szish for Howdini. For more information, check out the website.

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    Melissa Brown President, It’s Just Lunch Melissa Brown, President of It’s Just Lunch oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization with an area of focus and expertise in customer service, franchising and revenue generation. more about this expert »

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