How to Keep your Breath Fresh All Day

Chew on fresh parsely after a meal to freshen your breath.
Chew on fresh parsely after a meal to freshen your breath. (Image: Ryan McVay/Valueline/Getty Images)

Kissing people, hugging them and generally getting close to them and just talking are all hard to do if your breath smells -- for both you and the other parties involved. Sometimes, your breath may still smell even if you brush twice a day. Use these tips to keep your breath fresh all day.

Things You'll Need

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Tongue scraper
  • Chewing gum, sugarless

Brush twice a day. Use a soft- or medium-bristle brush; they are gentler to the surface of your teeth. Select a toothpaste with fluoride and an antibacterial agent such as triclosan. Choose a refreshing fragrance like mint -- rather than, say, a kid's bubble gum flavored toothpaste -- to maximize pleasing breath.

Brush your tongue while brushing your teeth. It may tickle at first, but quickly becomes second nature. Use a tongue scraper at least once a week -- daily if bad breath is a problem.

Gargle with a mouthwash for approximately 60 seconds to kill any other bacteria in your mouth.

Frequently drink water during the day. The water will help wash out the bacteria and food particles in your mouth. Swish water around in your mouth after every meal.

Chew sugar-free gum during the day. Not only does the mint deodorize your mouth, but the gum itself also helps remove food particles. Choose sugar-free gum; sugar provides food for bacteria that can harm your teeth.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid foods with garlic or onion flavors. If you do eat them, consume parsley afterward; raw parsley freshens breath.
  • Chew a few fennel seeds after a meal. This natural breath freshener is traditional in India.

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