We have all been there - we have cupped our hands over our mouths in order to check our breath. It is a natural human response when we know we'll be in public or close contact with people that we don't want to accidentally asphyxiate when we exhale. But is gum really the best way to camouflage bad breath issues? Let's take a close sniff, I mean look, and see what we can find.
All-Natural Breath Fresheners
These options are free from corn syrup, saccharine, or aspartame, which are ingredients generally found in the most popular breath fresheners. While some of these come in convenient pill forms, others are not as practically packaged, but do a great job at relieving the dragon breath. Check these out:
- Fresh organic parsley
- Anise seed
- Organic spearmint or peppermint oil
- Ginger Candy
Old-School Breath Freshening Methods
Okay, I know that it's not totally practical, but the best way to get rid of bad breath is to keep your tongue, teeth, and cheeks clean by brushing after each meal or strong drink. These are the areas where bacteria tend to form and by keeping them clean and fresh, you have a much lower chance of bad breath than if you simply chewed a piece of gum or used a minty spray.
Mints and Gums
These are the most widely used methods of banning bad breath fast because they are convenient and easy to carry - a lot easier than fresh organic parsley! However, as I said, most popular gums and mints are loaded with sugar and various sweeteners that are entirely unnecessary in our diets. So if you are going to opt for these breath freshening options, make sure that you choose ones that are sweetened with xylitol or sugar cane as these are easier for our bodies to digest.
Now that you are armed with breath freshening knowledge, go out and fear not those dishes filled with garlic, onions, and the like. Spray, chew, and suck your way to fresh breath!