Mouthwash tops the ranking of preferred products for fresh breath

For 50% of people, using mouthwash is the best way to freshen breath, DentaVox survey shows. According to most respondents, oral rinses have the longest-lasting effect, and this might be the reason for their popularity. Mouth sprays and other solutions as herbs and mints also make it to the top 3 but with a much smaller percentage of supporters.

Notably, 71% of people consider that breath fresheners only cover up an underlying problem and this is one of the main issues associated with their use. Moreover, respondents pinpoint the short-term effect of such products as another weak point.

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Top 3 breath fresheners

Mouthwash is the best product for fresh breath, according to half of the respondents, and it is also considered to be the most effective. The respondents’ opinions seem to be in line with results from clinical trials, which suggest that mouth rinses can be an effective way to fight off morning bad breath for up to 4 hours.

A far smaller share, 16% of respondents, find mouth spray to be the best fix for unpleasant mouth odor. Still, it is the second most popular choice. Other products as herbs and mints gather fewer supporters.

Surprisingly, chewing gum does not make it to the top 3 of breath fresheners, despite still being a widely used product. It may be due to the perception that chewing gum is inappropriate in many situations, for example at the workplace.

Best mouth fresheners by type

One in three survey participants believes that citrus fruits are the most effective food breath freshener. And, their opinion may not be ungrounded. According to research, the citric acid contained in citruses (e.g. lemons), on its own or in combination with other substances, can indeed fight off mouth odors through the increased production of saliva.

Concerning natural oils, 42% of respondents rank peppermint as the best anti-halitosis solution. Its position at the top of natural oils for fresher breath is not a surprise since peppermint is a popular flavor for many oral care products.

When asked about the chewing gum that makes the best breath freshener, 46% of respondents point out that it is the one with entirely natural ingredients. Their choice may be a result of more awareness about the unhealthy artificial ingredients in many popular gums.

Issues with products for fresh breath

Overall, a majority of the respondents, 71%, find breath fresheners to be a cover-up and not a cure for bad breath. Similarly, specialists warn that problems that need treatment by a dentist such as gum disease and cavities are a common cause of bad breath.

The temporary effect of the fixes for fresh breath and the risk of causing sensitivity or allergy are other problems, mentioned by survey participants.

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