No one likes having bad breath. While nearly everyone experiences that bad morning breath, others worry about their breath while at work or out and about. Fighting bad breath starts with a thorough morning brushing, but what can you do after that second cup of coffee while at work or after that tuna sandwich at lunch to make your bad breath go away?
Follow these tips to fight bad breath—on the go!
Stimulate Saliva Production with Gum or Snacks
Sugar-free gum is easy to store and transport, so keep a spare pack in your car or at yor desk for those times you forget to brush or feel a little anxious about your post-lunch breath. Mint-flavored gum can provide added freshness! Chewing gum will help to stimulate saliva production and make your breath fresh! Saliva is so important for our teeth and gums. Keeping your saliva production normal is important to fight that bad bacteria that bring bad breath.
If you’re not a fan of gum, you can achieve the same effect with healthy snacks such as carrots, apples, and celery. These firm veggies and fruits can help rehydrate you and actually act as little scrubbers on your teeth to remove plaque and increase saliva. Best of all, you’ll get added fiber and nutrients from these snacks to keep you well nourished throughout the day.
Keep Teeth Wipes and Mini Brushes with You
Teeth wipes are cloth-like mitts that fit over your forefinger that can help “brush” your teeth when you’re on the go. These are perfect emergency back-ups for those times you forget to brush. You may also opt to keep a mini toothbrush with you. Although you won’t always be able to get to a restroom, there will be times when you can stop in for a quick brush with a travel-sized tube of toothpaste and a mini brush or teeth wipes.
Herbs have many different health benefits, but did you know that they’re also great for freshening up bad breath? Herbs such as mint, rosemary, and even sage and parsley can help freshen breath in a matter of seconds. Chewing these leaves will also boost saliva in your mouth. If you have a garden with herbs or if you happen to get a sprig of parsley on your plate with dinner, don’t hesitate to pop it into your mouth for fresher breath!
Drink Water or Tea
Bad breath tends to come at times when your mouth is feeling dry—another reason to stay hydrated! Drinking water or herbal tea can help to rehydrate you and re-establish the balance of good and bad bacteria in your mouth. When trying to fight bad breath on the go, keep a bottle of water with you and sip. This is not only great for your body, but for your breath too.
Fighting bad breath on the go is easy if you’re prepared and have the right tools. Keep mini brushes and a bottle of water with you. Pack carrots and apples for a snack. Pick some fresh herbs on your way to work when you just didn’t have time to brush. Fresh breath is closer than you think!