How to Get Fresh Breath in a Jiffy

Polite company dictates that we need to have fresh breath at all times. After all, bad breath is bad breath, no matter how much you sugarcoat it.

If you’ve had something garlicky for lunch or munched on too many onions, then you would need a quick solution to get rid of bad breath. Here are some tips you can do:

  • Brush your teeth – Most people make it a point to bring a toothbrush and toothpaste with them to work or to school. This way, they can brush their teeth after their meals. If you don’t have your own gear, ask for toothpaste from a friend and use your finger to brush your teeth. You can also dilute the toothpaste in water and use it as a mouthwash.
  • Rinse your mouth – If you absolutely cannot get your hands on a tube of toothpaste, then do the next best thing: rinse your mouth with water. Make sure you rinse the sides thoroughly to get rid of any bacteria. Props if you can find mouthwash, but we’re assuming that’s off your choices right now.
  • Chew on apples – Eating crunchy and healthy food can remove food that may be caught in your teeth, as well as remove the bacteria from them. Apart from apples, celery also has a unique smell that can cover up the lingering taste of bad breath on your mouth.
  • Chew sugarless gum – Look for a convenience store and get some sugarless gum, preferably one with xylitol. This has the handy effect of freshening your breath while at the same time, fighting the cavities and bacteria in your mouth.
  • Chew on mint – Just in case you’re in a vicinity with fresh mint, grab some fresh leaves and chew on them. In a pinch, even mint tea can do wonders to your breath.
  • Parsley – Many meals come with a sprig of parsley as garnish. Actually, it has another purpose for people with bad breath. Parsley has an enzyme that can reduce odor-causing bacteria caused by your meal, such as the extra strong flavor and smell of garlic.
  • Look for flavored lip gloss – Finally, if you are downright desperate to get rid of your mouth odor, then apply flavored lip gloss. The smell will mask your breath until you can find the opportunity to brush your teeth.

Just a quick recap; remember that there are several things you can do to keep bad breath at bay. The first one is to carry a toothbrush and a tube of toothpaste, as well as a compact mouthwash to help you freshen up any time you need to. You can also start bringing sugar-free mint-flavored gums to freshen your breath after every meal. Also, make sure you scrape your tongue and the insides of your cheek whenever you brush your teeth to get rid of all the bacteria lurking inside your mouth. Finally, don’t forget to floss regularly.

Need a professional to clean your teeth?
As the leading cause of bad breath is excessive bacteria buildup in your mouth, you can usually keep this at bay by practicing proper oral hygiene. But if your teeth have accumulated too much tartar over several months of neglect, it may be time to get professional help from Kyrene Family Dentistry. Call us today at 480-705-9005 or fill out our online form to schedule a teeth-cleaning service.