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The How-To Lounge: Freshen your Breath without a Toothbrush

Sometimes we aren't as prepared as we wish we were. Have you ever spent the night out and forgotten your toothbrush or gone out unexpectedly from work without being able to freshen up? Well I have, and there is nothing worse than facing the public with bad breath so here are some tips to make sure you leave with fresh breath even if you don't have a toothbrush!

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  • Be sure to drink a lot of water. Dehydration can give you bad breath so be proactive and stay hydrated
  • If you just ate, rinse and swirl some bubbly water around in your mouth to get rid of any lingering food particles in your teeth or the back of your tongue
  • Certain foods actually cleanse your teeth so stick to apples, oranges, celery, cucumber, and lettuce if you won't be able to brush your teeth after a meal. Parsley and mint are great herbal fixes to getting fresh breath, but don't swallow them, just chew
  • If you have toothpaste, but no brush, use your finger! It's not the best method, but it's better than nothing
  • Flossing is crucial for fresh breath so even if you don't have your toothbrush with you, floss if possible
  • Always keep gum or mints in your purse but make sure they are sugar free as the sugar can feed bacteria on your tongue

I hope these tips help the next time you forget your toothbrush and like always, if you have any tips that work for you, please share them below - the more we know about fresh breath, the better!


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Rowanvamp0 Rowanvamp0 9 years
Has anyone thought of trial size mouthwash. I always keep one in my glove compartment. And if your going out for the night keep one in your purse it's also good to fight off bad odor you may have from drinking.
Jane26 Jane26 9 years
don't mints and gum dry out your mouth, therefore undoing any breath improvement? maybe if you drink water after chewing some gum...
d_ford d_ford 9 years
Mints don't work unless, like Greggie said, you've got tons of them. They always leave a bad after taste. Minty gum though is great. I've usually got 2 packs in my bag just in case.
amybdk amybdk 9 years
fennel seeds!
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I disagree with gum or mints unless you have mass quantities. Both tend to make breath worse if you only have a single "dose," as well leave a horrible taste in the mouth.
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