Imagine that you are getting ready to go on a date with your crush. Everything is going well and you are eager to make a good first impression. You are about to head out the door until you check your breath. Now you start panicking because you can still smell the garlic and onions that was in your lunch. You don’t want to take too long because you are already running late. What do you do?
If something similar has happened to you, you don’t need to panic anymore. Here are some ways you can help get rid of your bad breath at the last minute:
Keep Gum On You:
Chewing gum is a great way to fix your last minute breath problems. Not only does it freshen your breath, it is good for your oral health too! Just make sure it is sugar free.
According to the American Dental Association, chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following a meal can help prevent tooth decay.
I recommend keeping gum in your car. That way you don’t have to worry about forgetting it if you are rushing out the door and it can freshen your breath as you drive to your location.
I also don’t recommend chewing breath mints. While they may seem like they are helping, they often contain sugar which can feed the bacteria that help cause bad breath. Meaning, they are usually doing more harm than good.
Keep An On The Go Toothbrush
If you are good about your oral health, you probably already brush twice a day. But sometimes you need to do a little extra. Brushing your teeth is a great way to get rid of bad breath. Just make sure to brush your tongue!
A lot of times, you won’t be at home when your breath problems kick in. So, it isn’t a bad idea to carry a toothbrush and a small tube of toothpaste with you on the go.
Flossing and mouthwash can go a long way as well if you have access to them!
This is something that you might find at the side of the dinner you order. The University of Maryland Medical even confirmed that chewing on parsley can help neutralize bad breath.
So, keep this in mind if you don’t have access to the things mentioned above and you want to make a last ditch effort to freshen your breath.
These methods work great to freshen your breath every now and then for a short period of time.
If you experience breath problems more frequently, you should visit your dentist about your concerns.
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