If your Tic Tacs are tapped out and no one around you has gum, don’t panic. There are easy ways to freshen your breath without finding the closest drugstore for mints or mouthwash. Your afternoon snack might just be the thing to banish your less-than-fresh breath.
Dehydration can strengthen the smell of the gas released by the bacteria in your mouth, associate professor of dental medicine and director of orthodontics at Columbia University, Sunil Wadhwa, told Greatist. So reach for a big glass of water or water-rich produce like crudite or an apple.
Carrots and celery scrub your mouth of food particles and stimulate the production of saliva, which actually blocks the production of those unpleasant gases. Apples boast hydrating water and oxidized polyphenols, which help deodorize even garlic breath according to a study published in the Journal of Food Science. We’ll file that under even more reason to pack produce for a healthy mid-afternoon snack.
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