Sure, your breath may not be the freshest in the morning. But getting rid of bad breath is easy when there’s a toothbrush nearby. But knowing how to get rid of bad breath when you’re on the go at work or school can be tricky. After all, you don’t have a toothbrush nearby.
So what’s a bad breath sufferer to do? Have a back up plan in place!
Here are a few tricks to keep up your sleeve.
Have a Stash of Sugar-Free Gum and Candy
Bad breath can sometimes be linked to poor salivary flow, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). The ADA suggests that chewing a stick of sugar-free gum or popping a sugar-free candy into your mouth can help get rid of bad breath and — if the gum or candy is mint-flavored — leave a fresher smell behind. Chewing gum and sucking on candy promote saliva production, which helps clear the tongue and teeth of bad-breath-inducing food particles and bacteria.
Invest in Portable Mini Brushes
Keeping your toothbrush and a tube of toothpaste in your pocket may not be the most inconspicuous way to score fresh breath on the go. Adding a package of mini brushes (like this one from Colgate), can help you banish bad breath with a quick trip to the powder room. Designed to work without water or extra toothpaste, these pocket-sized bristled toothbrushes have a toothpaste gel in the center. Use it once and toss it for quick touch-ups.
At a Restaurant? Reach for Some Parsley
In some situations — think of eating a garlicky meal on a first date — you may not have the tools for fresher breath in your pocket or purse. You’re in luck if your dinner came with a parsley garnish. The University of Maryland Medical Center notes that chewing a bit of parsley or a sprig of mint can neutralize bad breath. Grab a piece and chew it quickly, and you’ll have fresher breath within a few seconds.
When to Seek Treatment
If you constantly suffer from bad breath, it may be more than just an annoyance. Talk to us about possible causes of bad breath, which can include tooth decay, recent dental work and even digestive problems. Discuss how to get rid of bad breath that is caused by a more serious condition. Whether it’s a once-in-a-while problem or a consistent issue, bad breath can be resolved with quick fixes and long-term solutions.
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