You have just had a great Italian meal, pasta with lots of garlic. It was delicious and you feel quite satisfied. However, have you thought about your breath? It can wreak after such a garlic-laden meal. So, if you know you have bad breath, but you don’t have the time to run home and brush your teeth and gargle with mouthwash, what do you need to do? Luckily for you, you can freshen your breath quickly, even when you can’t brush your teeth.
When you need relief from halitosis, make sure you have the tools on hand to get rid of the little problem. While these quick fixes will not last for long, they might help you get through the next couple of hours until you can get to your toothbrush. Many people carry mints or gum with them and this is a great way to freshen your breath quickly and efficiently. However, you should remember that gum and mints should be of the sugar free variety or it will only promote tooth decay.
Other quick breath fixes: What else can you do besides chewing a stick of gum or sucking on a mint? How about grabbing a glass of water? Drinking a glass of water will not only help dislodge particles from between your teeth, but it will also moisten your mouth. A dry mouth does contribute to bad breath, so this is quite handy. If you can add a slice of lemon to your water, that will also go a long way in helping your breath.
Scrap your tongue: Your tongue will make your breath really bad and many people don’t even remember to clean their tongue regularly. You should get in the habit of doing this because it does help. When you find that you have really bad breath and you can’t get to your toothbrush, then try cleaning your tongue. There are several ways of doing this. You can scrap your tongue with a spoon and it will help. Just rinse after you have done this. You can also run to the bathroom and rub a wet paper towel across your tongue. When you get your tongue clean, you can be sure your breath will smell much better.
Apples and parsley: You probably do not carry apple slices or parsley around with you, but they are both very effective in fighting bad breath on short notice. Chew on a small piece of parsley to get rid of the bad breath or eat an apple slice or two. The idea is that when you salivate, it will help rinse away the odor in your mouth.
Take a swig: While alcohol will dry your mouth, whiskey in a small amount can kill those stinky germs that are in your mouth. You can also take a swing of mouthwash to help fight off the smell.
When you have bad breath, it is always a good idea to know a few quick fixes. Even when you can’t brush, there is no excuse to have yucky bad breath.