Chewing gum can be an expensive habit, and depending on the type you use, can be bad for your teeth. Beyond oral health, chewing gum can look ugly and is costly to clean up. With this in mind, we’ve found some clean, natural, and (most importantly!) great tasting alternatives to chewing gum which can give the same breath freshening results with none of associated expense or waste.
5 Natural Alternatives to Chewing Gum
Most dental products such as toothpaste, dental floss, mouthwash and chewing gum are mint-flavoured, so why not go right to the source? A couple of mint leaves after a meal or coffee can quickly freshen breath. Mint can be bought pre-cut in many grocery stores or supermarkets, and can be easily grown at home as an attractive and very useful plant.
Liquorice (or Licorice) can be a love-it-or-hate-it flavour. If you love it, then it makes an excellent natural chewing gum replacement. A stick of liquorice root is naturally sweet, has a distinctive flavour, and will help eliminate bad breath. Liquorice root can often be found in specialist health stores and some bigger supermarkets.
Commonly associated with Christmas, you can have a mulled wine flavour all year round and freshen your breath at the same time! Cloves also have a slightly numbing effect, which can be soothing for dental pain. Overuse can sometimes lead to irritation, so use in moderation. Cloves are cheap and easy to find. They are also very portable and long-lasting.
Zesty and tangy, root ginger is very effective at freshening breath. Root ginger takes some preparation such as chopping and peeling, but its effects are almost instantaneous. Root ginger’s benefits go beyond dental health and chewing gum alternatives – it’s a natural remedy for colds and the associated symptoms, such as sore throats and low body temperature.
Like mint, Parsley is easy to obtain both pre-cut and potted from grocery stores and supermarkets. It can be trickier to grow at home, but whichever way you choose to purchase it, its excellent use as a chewing gum replacement is undeniable.