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Where's my paleo-approved breath mint?

Asked on August 09, 2016
Created April 04, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Since going paleo, I feel my breath has been delightful and inoffensive, perhaps worthy of animated butterflies and small chirping birds exiting my mouth as I smile. Kidding aside, I definitely have lost the "mossy teeth" and coated tongue feel, and don't feel the need to compulsively brush my teeth any more.

My darling wife (not on the wagon yet) is a bit more sensitive to a mouth that happens to smell like the last thing I ate - she's the poster girl for the ADA, brushes twice a day, chews a pack of sugarfree gum a week. Now that I'm sweetly and politely turning down her not-so-subtle offer of a post-meal stick of gum, I'm in the DOG HOUSE, y'all.

I need to compromise for the domestic tranquility - how can I freshen the mouth without pumping a load of crap in my mouth?

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on March 08, 2014
at 09:50 AM

Any recommendations?

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on March 08, 2014
at 07:29 AM

How do you dry mint? I had the idea a week or so ago to chew fresh mint for fresh breathe as i no longer use those minty toothpastes (i use a miswak) but i find fresh mint lasts maybe 3 days in the fridge before going off, drying it would certainly help! Just blow a fan on it? (thats how i dry mushrooms)

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on March 07, 2014
at 03:56 PM

Thank-you! I didn't have whole green cardamom in the house and was just adding it to my grocery list, when I saw your note about fennel seeds, tried that, and it worked perfectly :) Based on the small bag of fennel seeds I had in my spice cupboard, but the small number of fennel seeds it seems to take to freshen breath, I estimate I now have a good year's worth of paleo breath fresheners, all for the low one-time price (long-ago paid!) of $1.99. Cheers Anna! (Gosh I love Paleohacks)

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on September 10, 2012
at 12:37 PM

Where do you get these?

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on November 25, 2011
at 07:03 AM

Great Question!

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on August 05, 2011
at 08:32 PM

mint tea also works.

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on August 05, 2011
at 07:00 PM

Ditto! Or cinnamon.

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on June 24, 2011
at 06:58 PM

Thank you soooo much for this hack! Totally works!

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on April 04, 2010
at 10:26 PM

This was going to be my suggestion!! ;)

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on April 04, 2010
at 09:50 PM

Buy a mint plant and just chew a leaf when you are stinky!

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on April 04, 2010
at 10:26 PM

This was going to be my suggestion!! ;)

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on August 05, 2011
at 08:32 PM

mint tea also works.

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on March 08, 2014
at 09:50 AM

Any recommendations?

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on April 04, 2010
at 11:20 PM

Great question. First off, I think eating Paleo is essential to dental health. It is not coincidence that there is a correlation between poor dental health and cardiovascular disease.

Personally, my gum health improved radically once I start eating hyperlipid/Paleo. So much so, that the dental hygienist and dentist noticed and commented. I told them that I was eating "low-carb" (I didn't want to explain Paleo while in the dentist chair) expecting disapproval from them ---- turns out my dentist said that eating "low-carb" is one of the best things you can do for dental health.

Now back to your question, on the occasion I use mouthwash (maybe twice a week), I use this product: Dr. Katz TheraBreath Oral Rinse and I love it. I highly recommend it. (My rolfer recommended it to me.)

This was also at the behest of my wife BTW.

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on April 05, 2010
at 04:52 PM

Try chewing a whole green cardamom. Don't try swallowing it, though. The effect is much longer-lasting than a stick of gum or a mint candy. It seems to actually get rid of the nasty smell, not just cover it up. Fennel seeds work too.

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on June 24, 2011
at 06:58 PM

Thank you soooo much for this hack! Totally works!

174e95f0db64af68196a6c07b5f7bc47

on March 07, 2014
at 03:56 PM

Thank-you! I didn't have whole green cardamom in the house and was just adding it to my grocery list, when I saw your note about fennel seeds, tried that, and it worked perfectly :) Based on the small bag of fennel seeds I had in my spice cupboard, but the small number of fennel seeds it seems to take to freshen breath, I estimate I now have a good year's worth of paleo breath fresheners, all for the low one-time price (long-ago paid!) of $1.99. Cheers Anna! (Gosh I love Paleohacks)

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on April 05, 2010
at 12:39 AM

Parsley is an excellent breath freshener.

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on August 05, 2011
at 06:43 PM

TEA TREE OIL toothpicks is what I like.

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on August 05, 2011
at 07:00 PM

Ditto! Or cinnamon.

7c379a865738d2b373a362dc0f1d9459

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on September 10, 2012
at 12:37 PM

Where do you get these?

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on April 04, 2010
at 11:00 PM

In the early stages of becoming ketone adapted, dragon breath can be a problem. I was banned from the bedroom for a while until I discovered the mint plant in the backyard was the solution.

Now I eat just enough salad with a few springs of mint in it just for insurance and yam or sweet potato to stay out of ketosis.

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on August 06, 2011
at 03:36 PM

Cinnamon bark chips are good. Mine came from Mountain Rose Herbs.

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on August 05, 2011
at 09:39 PM

Grow yer own. Mint, parsley... it's all easy to grow, easy to dry, and easy to nibble.

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on March 08, 2014
at 07:29 AM

How do you dry mint? I had the idea a week or so ago to chew fresh mint for fresh breathe as i no longer use those minty toothpastes (i use a miswak) but i find fresh mint lasts maybe 3 days in the fridge before going off, drying it would certainly help! Just blow a fan on it? (thats how i dry mushrooms)

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on June 14, 2011
at 03:37 AM

Not sure if some people would call this totally paleo or not, but I love herb pharm's breath tonic. It contains peppermint, ginger, cinnamon and clove; all organic and/or wildcrafted herbs. I definitely don't make any money off of this company, but they are local, and I think they make really high quality herbal products.

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on April 05, 2010
at 01:21 PM

Parsley works. The Frugal Gourmet used to recommend chewing a coffee bean. I went to a Renaissance Festival one time and a booth selling Renaissance style food had a bowl of cloves with a sign that read "breath mints". I like cloves, so I found this quite amusing.

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on March 07, 2014
at 06:20 PM

All the posts so far have some great ideas; however, if you are still holding on to the experience of an actual breath mint/gum try and find something with minimal ingredients and xylitol as the sweetener. If you are nervous about xylitol, have a read of this:

http://www.thebarefootgolfer.com/2014/03/05/xylitol-health/

You may also want to try oil pulling, it reduced my bad breath:

http://www.thebarefootgolfer.com/2013/10/21/oil-pulling-health/

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on March 07, 2014
at 06:18 PM

All the above are great ideas. However, if you are still holding on to the idea and experience of an actual mint/piece of gum, look for something with very minimal ingredients and xylitol as the sweetener. If you are nervous about xylitol, have a read of this:

http://www.thebarefootgolfer.com/2014/03/05/xylitol-health/

You may also want to try oil pulling. I found that it reduced my bad breath:

http://www.thebarefootgolfer.com/2013/10/21/oil-pulling-health/

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