20 Best Toothpastes To Get Rid Of Bad Breath

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Toothpastes for Fresh Breath
Health And Wellness

A lot of people struggle with bad breath. It can be embarrassing and put an end to a social or romantic interaction quickly. Even worse, bad breath can be a result of the food you eat, infection, smoking, bad dental hygiene, or an underlying disease.

As bacteria is the most common culprit, your best defense against bad breath is keeping your mouth clean. And that means finding the best toothpaste on the market.

“I typically recommend fluoridated toothpastes with mint flavors for fresh breath, as fluoride is our best defense against tooth-invading bacteria, and the added mint flavor gives refreshing boost,” says Dr. Heather Kunen, DDS, MS, co-founder of Beam Street. “While I don’t typically recommend fluoride-free toothpastes, there are some nices choice to help freshen breath.”

Another thing to keep in mind? Pay attention to the label. Adds Dr. Jennifer Jablow, “I would try to find a toothpaste that is pH balanced, as anything acidic can cause more sensitivity and create dry mouth for bad breath.”

So, when you're trying to learn how to get rid of bad breath, take your pick from the toothpastes below.

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1. intelliWHiTE PRO White Toothpaste

Intelliwhite toothpastes are all pH-balanced, and the power clean has breath control with zinc, which kills bad breath at its source. This toothpaste contains Xylitol, a natural sweetener that has been known to make plaque less adhesive to teeth to enhance your oral health benefits.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

2. hello Hemp Seed Oil + Coconut Oil Extra Freshening Toothpaste

Freshen your breath with this tube of delicious awesomeness. It rocks hemp seed oil, coconut oil, and Yakima Valley spearmint to take the moisturizing and mind-blowing freshness to the next level. It contains no peroxide, no artificial sweeteners, no artificial flavors, no dyes or parabens, no fluoride, no SLS/sulfates, no microbeads, no gluten or dairy, and no triclosan.

(Target, $5.99)

3. Kopari Coconut Toothpaste

This natural, plaque-fighting toothpaste does it all without any of the fluoride, sulfates or artificial sweeteners. Kopari’s Coconut Toothpaste uses Non-Nano Hydroxyapatite, a natural fluoride alternative, to help remineralize teeth, whiten enamel, repair and reverse micro-lesions, reduce hypersensitivity, and remove plaque. Coconut oil is also naturally antibacterial to rid mouth of toxins.

(Sephora, $12)

4. TheraBreath Fresh Breath Toothpaste

This clinical-strength toothpaste provides potent oxygenation to attack bad breath at the source, while fluoride helps control plaque, tartar, and cavities. And because it doesn't contain any harsh detergents, it can even be used to help prevent painful canker sores linked to sodium lauryl sulfate.

(Walmart, $7.42)

5. CloSYS Fluoride Toothpaste

This potent toothpaste whitens teeth and helps remove stains, including soda, coffee, tea and wine. It's also gentle on gums, enamel and dental work. CloSYS Sulfate-Free Fluoride Toothpaste contains the active ingredient Sodium fluoride and a powerful patented ingredient that kills 99 percent of harmful bacteria in 10 seconds. 

(Walgreens, $10.99)

6. Listerine Essential Care Original Gel Fluoride Toothpaste

Listerine Essential Care Original Gel Fluoride Toothpaste contains 6 benefits in 1 for oral care to leave your mouth fresh and clean. The anticavity gel formula restores enamel, strengthens your teeth, and helps prevent cavities and tooth decay. It also kills millions of germs that cause bad breath and removes stains from your teeth.

(Walmart, $3.97)

7. Colgate Max Fresh Toothpaste with Breath Strips

Colgate Max Fresh Toothpaste with Breath Strips is packed with hundreds of mini breath strips and unleashes a powerful rush of freshness for long-lasting fresh breath. Invigorate your brushing experience and have fresh breath for hours afterwards, as well as fighting cavities and whitening teeth.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

8. Lumineux Oral Essentials Fresh Breath Toothpaste

Lumineux is the first oral care product to protect the oral micro biome and neutralize the toxins of bad bacteria. This toothpaste works fast to neutralize odor-causing toxins and stop bad breath at its source. Gentle mint and aloe combined with a hint of Dead Sea salt leave teeth and breath refreshed.

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9. JASON Sea Fresh Toothpaste

This toothpaste brightens your smile without the use of harsh abrasives and chemicals. It contains a gentle blend of polishers and botanicals, such as antioxidant blue green algae, to fight stains and help strengthen teeth and gums, while spearmint and parsley extracts freshen the breath.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

10. Desert Essence Natural Tea Tree Oil Toothpaste

Tea tree oil is an ingredient known to discourage the growth of bad bacteria associated with bad breath. This prebiotic plant-based toothpaste is formulated with Inulin, Perilla Seed and Aloe, provides botanical care for teeth and gums, neutralizes odor-causing bacteria, and freshens breath with a medley of mints.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

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11. Tom’s of Maine Ice Wicked Fresh! Flouride Toothpaste

This natural toothpaste fights cavities and helps to block bad breath germs. This is good when you want to keep things natural, but also have a toothpaste that will get the job done. And the licorice root extract helps stop bad breath from producing odor.

(Walmart, $7.28)

12. Oxyfresh Maximum Fresh Breath Lemon Mint Toothpaste 

Unlike other toothpastes that simply mask bad breath through artificial flavors and ingredients, Oxyfresh uses a non-toxic formula that neutralizes odor-causing compounds. It's naturally flavored with natural essential oils like fresh lemon and spearmint to give you that kissably-fresh feeling.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

13. Philips Sonicare BreathRx Whitening Toothpaste

This purifying blue gel toothpaste works hard to fight bad breath while aiding the prevention of dental decay. It has a clean mint flavor with all the benefits of fluoride, tartar control and enhanced whitening action.

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14. Twin Lotus Active Charcoal Toothpaste

This toothpaste combines modern science with natural ingredients like activated charcoal to help fight plaque-producing odor and prevent bad breath, giving the one-two punch your mouth needs. The formula includes Clove and Guava leaf, which naturally counter the accumulation of the root cause of an unhealthy mouth.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

15. Crest Pro-Health Advanced Deep Clean Toothpaste

The minty fresh taste will taste like you just left the dentist’s chair, but this toothpaste will also keep you feeling clean and fresh. It's made with patented stannous fluoride and provides clinically proven protection against cavities, plaque and gingivitis, acid erosion and tooth sensitivity for whole mouth health.

(Target, $3.99)

16. Marvis Classic Strong Mint Toothpaste

The enticing peppermint flavor takes you to a new dimension of brilliance, whitens and protects teeth, freshens breath, and helps prevent tooth decay, tartar, and plaque. It delivers a long-lasting, delightful flavor with a slight tingling sensation, and comes in a distinctive, display-worthy tube that makes the perfect bathroom accessory.

(Sephora, $10.50)

17. Crest + Scope Complete Whitening Toothpaste

This toothpaste kills millions of bad breath germs and leaves your breath feeling minty and refreshed. It also fights cavities and tartar build-up, and gently removes surface stains to help whiten your teeth.

(Target, $5.59)

18. Davids Natural Charcoal Toothpaste

This toothpaste boasts a deliciously fresh mint flavor and leaves your mouth feeling remarkably clean. It's pharma grade coconut charcoal, fluoride free, SLS free, and comes in a recyclable metal tube.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

19. Dr. Sheffield’s Premium Natural Extra Whitening Toothpaste

Peppermint will freshen your breath, whiten your teeth, and reduce plaque. Even better, this toothpaste has no fluoride, synthetic detergents, synthetic foaming agents, artificial preservatives or flavors, GMOs, or animal by-products.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

20. hello CBD Tea Tree Oil Fluoride Toothpaste

Elevate the everyday with hello's high-quality CBD Tea Tree Oil Fluoride Toothpaste. Made with broad spectrum hemp oil, thoughtfully-sourced from hemp grown in the USA, this toothpaste is made with a mineral blend that naturally removes surface stains to whiten teeth, tames bad breath, and prevents cavities.

(Ulta, $12.99)

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