If you’re worried about your breath when your toothbrush isn’t available, don’t rely on sugar-coated candies or alcohol laden mouth rinse that can cause more harm than good. Use products that are sugarless and alcohol-free and contain antibacterial agents noted for their effectiveness at controlling oral malodor.
Substances such as chlorine dioxide, zinc chloride and essential oils like eucalyptol, menthol, methyl salicylate, and thymol have shown to fight oral malodor. Other tips for keeping breath fresh include:
- Rinsing your mouth with water after eating if you aren’t able to brush
- Chewing a piece of sugarless gum to stimulate saliva flow—nature’s own cleanser
- Snacking on celery, carrots, or apples; they tend to clear away loose food and debris during the chewing process
- Eating a balanced diet. A vitamin deficiency may contribute to gum disease and bad breath