Three ways to quickly freshen up your breath

Loads of situations call for face-to-face contact with other people, and bad breath is something we all worry about in these moments. You may not have chronically bad breath, but perhaps you’ve just had lunch, or you have been fasting and your mouth doesn’t smell too fresh. There are many ways to ensure that you feel confident in your meeting or lunch date.

Carry gum

It may seem like an obvious tip, but carrying some sugar free gum in your bag or pocket can really be a lifesaver. You can’t always find a place to rinse your mouth or brush your teeth, especially if you work on the road, so when all else fails, a good old stick of gum should do.

Be sure to choose gum with zero sugar. Sugar can really damage the teeth if you can’t rinse quickly enough after eating it. There are many naturally flavoured alternatives on the market.

Drink water

It sounds unrelated, but staying hydrated in fact reduces your saliva production, which is a problem because your spit has antibacterial and antifungal properties that keep your mouth healthy and your breath smelling good, says Cosmopolitan.

Also, water will naturally rinse your mouth when you drink and potentially dislodge any food that could be decaying in between your teeth or against your gums.

Eat a lemon

This hack is perfect for when you are out to eat, on a lunch date or in a meeting at a restaurant. When you are done with your meal, order some water with lemon. Chew on the lemon and the rind to eliminate the onion or garlic odours in your mouth. The citric acid will stimulate the salivary glands and fight bad breath, says Dr Whitney Wright, founding orthodontist at Risas Dental and Braces.
Chewing on a sprig of parsley or mint will also eliminate smells, as the essential oils from the herbs are released into the mouth as you chew the leaves.

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