3 Tips For Naturally Freshening Your Breath Between Brushings

If your breath sometimes does not stay fresh in between brushings, you may wonder if there is anything you can do to in between to sweeten it. If so, use one or more of the following tips for naturally freshening your breath.

Eat An Apple

Instead of reaching for a sugary candy bar for a snack, eat an apple instead. Not only is it healthier, but it can also improve the odor of your teeth. 

Since an apple is fibrous and crunching, biting into it can help scrape away the tartar on the surface of your teeth. Since this sticky substance is made from residual food and bacteria, it can often give off a bad odor. Scraping some of the tartar away can help remove the smell and replace it with the pleasant, fruity fragrance of the apple.

Chew On Aromatic Herb Leaves

Another way to freshen your breath when you are on the go and cannot brush your teeth is to chew on a few aromatic herb leaves. When you bite into the leaves, this releases the natural oils of the herbs. These oils then coat the teeth, breaking down tartar and sometimes killing the bacteria that can cause bad breath.

One option is to chew a sprig of parsley. If you have ever seen it as a garnish on your plate at a restaurant, there is another reason it is placed there besides being pretty. As a member of the mint family, parsley can also naturally sweeten your breath. Or, you could also chew on peppermint or spearmint leaves when your feel your breath has turned sour.

Bite Into A Lemon

The acetic acid in lemons breaks down the odor-causing bacteria, tartar, and plaque stuck on and in between your teeth. Biting into the lemon and leaving your teeth in the fruit's meat for a few seconds can help keep our breath fresh.

If you cannot stand the taste of a lemon, try salting it before biting into it. Not only does it help cut some of the sour taste, but the salt is also an antibacterial that can add more odor-reducing power to the remedy.

Using the above tips can help you keep your breath smelling sweet when you cannot brush your teeth. However, if you notice your breath smells bad no matter what you do, you may want to discuss the issue with your family dentist so they can see if your problem is caused by a dental problem, as well as discuss treatment options with you.