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Do Breath Fresheners Really Work?

Aug 17, 2007
Before considering breath fresheners you should ensure that you brush, floss and rinse your teeth at least twice a day otherwise even using the best breath freshener you will find it difficult to keep your breath smelling fresh.

Breath fresheners are easy to find, and if you're looking for a new way to make sure that your breath smells fresh throughout the day, you can find remedies at your local drug store, or even in your cupboard. Here are some creative ideas for fresh breath that you may want to try.

The first thing you need to be aware of is that most of the freshers available work by masking the smell rather than by removing or reducing the harmful bacteria which is the cause of most halitosis or bad breath. You should therefore look for a breath freshener that will neutralize the odor and bacteria content in your mouth.

It is also important to realize that some bacteria and germs are 'good', and help the pH balance in your mouth to remain stable. Mints like Ice Breakers or mints from the California Mints company contain ingredients that will help your mouth to feel clean and fresh by taking out 'bad' bacteria and odors from the mouth. There are also breath strips that you can use as well, since they dissolve in the mouth naturally, and you can use them even if you have to speak for long periods of time.

Many mints are high in sugar and should be avoided. These mints and fresh breath candy or sweets initially mask the bad breath but the sugars that are found in these mints and breath fresheners feed the bacteria causing you to have an increased bad breath smell once the masking effect wears off. Many mints do now offer a sugar free version which is far healthier for your teeth and gums.

There are also some natural breath fresheners theat give a cleaner feeling that will last longer. Cloves, anise, and even bergamot and lemon oils are ideal for making your breath feel fresh, and you can find these oils in your local grocery or health food store.

You can also mix these oils or herbs in your drinking water, so that you can sip on it throughout the day and not have to worry about having fresh breath. This is particularly useful if you have to interact closely with people all day where chewing gum or eating mints is not permitted. These types of breath fresheners are also cost-effective, so you won't have to worry about spending a large amount of money to keep your breath fresh.

If you have green fingers you can even grow many of these plants yourself (you can find seeds at a local garden store) you can use as much as you want for as long as you want. Of course, brushing and flossing will help you to keep your breath fresh for long periods of time as well.
About the Author
Jeff Clare writes regularly for Bad Breath Causes And Treatments where you can read many more articles on halitosis . Also go to Halitosis Causes And Treatments for a range of informative articles on gum disease and much more
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