How to Freshen Your Breath When There’s No Toothbrush in Sight


(Original story published on January 26, 2016 on

The anxiety we feel when we’re out of the house all day and forget to pack lip balm, apply deodorant or turn off our curling irons sucks. But being out all day with nothing to freshen our breath is unbearable. With the others, you can pretty much make do (as long as you don’t lick your lips too much, sweat too much, or you know, burn your apartment down). But when it comes to having potentially bad breath, you’re either forced to resort to the silent treatment or adopt a new reputation as the one with the gingivitis problem.

Ideally, you’d be sure to keep a toothbrush and toothpaste in your handbag at all times for a mid-day brush up—but that’s not exactly the most convenient option. You may think you’re safe to eat what you want when you have your trusty tin of mints on hand, but the freshness typically wears off soon after they’ve dissolved in your mouth.

But there are other solutions. From breath gel to clean eating, flip through for five ways to freshen your breath when there’s no toothbrush in sight. So, the next time you find yourself being asked on an impromptu Cinq à sept date, or naively indulge in a well-stuffed burrito for lunch, you won’t have to worry about scaring anyone off with your stinky breath. But that curling iron you left on? Now that’s another story.

Click here to view the five ways.


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