5 Tips to Get Rid of “Van Breath” and Have a Healthy Smile
1. Lay off the snacks and candy
We know that munching a bag of Doritos or eating a strip of jerky doesn’t do any favors for your breath, but neither do those Skittles and Starbursts. All of those salty and sugary snacks feed the catalyst for bad breath, the bacteria in your mouth, letting them flourish.
2. Keep your mouth hydrated
Bad breath abounds when your mouth is dry. Saliva is the natural cleanser for the mouth and will help get rid of food particulate and bacteria that cause the odors. But by drinking water, you can help wash that stuff out and get your salivary glands going again.
3. Consider getting a tongue scraper
If you notice that your breath is really bad, you can always invest in a tongue scraper. These are specifically designed to scrape off the stuff that causes the bad breath, which usually live on the back of your tongue.
4. Lay off the sports drinks and gels
Just like with snacks and candy, sports drinks and energy gels are high in carbs and sugar, which make the bacteria in your mouth very happy, while your buddy sitting next to you isn’t (because your breath is putrid). Instead of the sports drinks, drink milk—it will benefit your body just as much as a sports drink and it has calcium.
5. Use Spry Mints and Gum
Spry Mints and Spry Gum not only help your breath smell fresher with nice minty flavors, but they also help get rid of the stuff causing all that unwanted stench emanating from your mouth. Spry should be a part of your routine throughout the day so your teeth can be healthy. But if you do decide to have some sugary snacks or use a gel pack, chew on some Spry Gum right after. Your mouth will thank you for it.