Top 5 Best Bad Breath Products

Dentist Tested and Reviewed | Time to Read: 12 mins
Dr Advocate Avatar IconUpdated: August 27, 2022
By: Dr. Advocate

Top 5 Best Bad Breath Products | All 5 products being reviewedBad breath or halitosis is an unpleasant condition that causes embarrassment and frustration for many individuals. However, did you know that a significant source of bacteria is the tongue and back of the throat? These areas harbor microbial deposits, bacteria, and debris contributing to bad breath. There are many causes of bad breath, and addressing the root problem can help reverse this common problem.


Common Causes of Bad Breath

  • Dental issues
  • Mouth, nose and throat infections
  • Dry mouth
  • Smoking and tobacco
  • Other chronic conditions

Maintain a healthy mouth by brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and using an antibacterial mouthwash. Some studies show that simply brushing the back of your tongue can reduce bad breath measurements by up to 70%. If you’re away from home and need to freshen your breath, many products are available to stop bad breath at the source. These products also seek to promote whole mouth health using antimicrobial methods. Most are small enough to fit in your pocket or purse and can be used multiple times daily.


Let’s take a closer look at the Top 5 Best Bad Breath Products, from a dentist’s perspective.

Related: Best Mouthwash for Bad Breath



Evaluation Criteria

We highlight each product's unique, advertised benefits, identify their pros and cons and score each from 1 to 5 based on four categories. The product with the highest score is crowned the overall champion; however, we’ll also give suggested patient benefits for each product. Prices listed are subject to change and discussed in each review, however they were not considered within the scoring criteria.


  1. Effectiveness: Does the mouthwash treat the advertised need? How effective were the results?
  2. Comfort: Are you able to swish for recommended time? Did it sting or burn? How did the mouth feel afterwards?
  3. Taste: How was the overall taste? Was it tolerable? Did it alter your sense of taste?
  4. Likeability: Were the directions clear and simple to understand? Are they desiring unrealistic expectations?



TheraBreath Fresh Breath Throat Spray

Top 5 Best Bad Breath Products | TheraBreath Fresh Breath Throat Spray

Dr. Harold Katz created TheraBreath to help his daughter overcome her struggle with bad breath. Since 1994 they’ve been creating oral care products that treat halitosis, gum disease, tooth decay, stained teeth, immune support, tooth sensitivity, and dry mouth. The original TheraBreath formulation attacks odor-causing bacteria rather than masking them with heavy flavors or powerful odors. TheraBreath is one of the top five largest oral care companies and the largest privately-held manufacturer. TheraBreath Fresh Breath Throat Spray is fortified with green tea, xylitol, aloe vera and starts to fight bad breath instantly.

Let’s take a closer look at this fresh breath spray.


Highlights
  • $9.00 per unit
  • Instantly targets bad breath germs
  • Contains green tea, xylitol and aloe vera
  • Advanced formula
  • Certified kosher, vegan and gluten-free
  • Reaches bacteria in throat and mouth
  • Made in USA

Results

Effectiveness: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Comfort: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Taste: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Likeability: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

Total: 20/20


Review

TheraBreath targets the back of the throat with its innovative delivery design and features a reusable cap for easy transport. As indicated, this product works instantly and eliminates odor-causing bacteria at the source. The green tea mint flavor is perfectly flavored and seeks to cure bad breath, not just mask it. We found this product to be extremely effective and you can use it as often as necessary. Lastly, it contains xylitol which helps protect against tooth decay.


Directions
  • Specifically for adults and children over 12 years old
  • Use twice daily after brushing teeth with toothpaste
  • Swish 10 mL for 1 minute and then spit out
  • Do not swallow rinse
  • Do not eat or drink for 30 minutes after rinsing


Best for patients that desire cavity protection with whitening effectiveness.



Closys Oral Spray

Top 5 Best Bad Breath Products | Closys Oral Spray

In 1980, Dr. Perry Ratcliff founded Closys to replace ineffective and irritating oral rinses. He formulated an extremely effective yet gentle oral rinse that was praised by a small group of dentists. Closys Oral Care was born and continues to create high quality, comfortable oral rinses. Their products are made in the USA and are free from alcohols, sulfates and triclosan. Closys Oral Spray is a water-based pH balanced, advanced formula that hydrates the mouth, promotes health and eliminates bad breath.

Let’s take a closer look at this hydrating oral spray.


Highlights
  • $7.00 per unit
  • Hydrates tissue
  • Water-based pH balanced
  • Promotes whole mouth health
  • Antimicrobial eliminates bad breath
  • Refreshing mint flavor

Results

Effectiveness: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Comfort: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Taste: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒
Likeability: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

Total: 19/20


Review

Closys Oral Spray features a design that easily coats all surfaces of the mouth and instantly refreshes your breath. The mint flavor is strong but not overpowering. It provides a cooling effect on the oral tissue and effectively hydrates the mouth. There was slight bitterness noted immediately after use; however it subsided soon after. Lastly, the mint flavor provided fresh breath for many hours.


Directions
  • Shake well
  • Spray once or twice into your mouth
  • Avoid spraying into eyes
  • Keep out of reach of children


Best oral spray to eliminate dry mouth and bad breath.



Listerine Cool Mint Pocketpaks

Top 5 Best Bad Breath Products | Listerine Cool Mint Pocketpaks

The creator of Listerine, Dr. Joseph Lawrence, named the formulation after Dr. Baron Lister, an English surgeon who performed the first operation in a sterilized chamber disinfected with pulverized antiseptic. Dr. Lawrence created his formulation to kill germs in tissues, like your mouth. Listerine has the largest variety of mouthwash compared to other brands, and offers multiple types of bad breath products, including Listerine Cool Mint Pocketpaks.

Let’s take a look at this Listerine product.


Highlights
  • $3.50 per unit
  • Kills 99% of bad breath germs
  • Breath strips
  • Cool mint flavor
  • Travel pack

Results

Effectiveness: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Comfort: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒
Taste: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒
Likeability: ⭑⭑⭑⭒⭒

Total: 16/20


Review

Listerine Cool Mint Pocketpaks were effective at eliminating bad breath and provided a cooling and refreshing effect. The breath strip was highly potent and flavorful however it may be too intense for some individuals. It was tasteful and comfortable in your mouth. The travel pack is convenient and easy to store in a pocket or purse however having to grab each strip may be uncomfortable for hygiene purposes.


Directions
  • Store in a dry place
  • Avoid heat and humidity
  • Place breath strip on tongue
  • Use as necessary


Best breath strip for lasting fresh breath and portability.



Listerine Cool Mint Pocketmist

Top 5 Best Bad Breath Products | Listerine Cool Mint Pocketmist

Listerine Cool Mint Pocketmist joins Listerine Cool Mint Pocketpaks in the fight against harmful breath germs. Both products claim to kill 99% of bad breath germs with an incredible mint flavor. In addition, Pocketmist is an oral care mist that’s sugar-free and easy to store in a pocket or purse.

Let’s take a closer look at this non-aerosol product.


Highlights
  • $5.00 per unit
  • Kills 99% of bad breath germs
  • Oral care mist
  • Cool mint flavor
  • Sugar-free, no calories
  • Non-aerosol

Results

Effectiveness: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Comfort: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒
Taste: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒
Likeability: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

Total: 18/20


Review

Listerine Cool Mint Pocketmist provided great effectiveness against bad breath and easily bathed all surfaces of the mouth. The non-aerosol spray was comfortable and featured a strong cool mint flavor for lasting fresh breath. We noticed slight bitterness and taste alteration however they both quickly subsided. Lastly, we enjoyed this product compared to Pocketpaks because there was no direct contact and potential transmission of germs.


Directions
  • Press down until white mist hole is revealed
  • Continue to press trigger until mist is released
  • Mist 2 or 3 times for fresh breath
  • Trigger must be primed before initial use


Best breath strip for lasting fresh breath and portability.



Crest Scope Breath Mist

Top 5 Best Bad Breath Products | Crest Scope Breath Mist

Crest is a leader in the oral health care community combining years of research with product development. Crest Whitestrips is their most desired product; however, they’re also known for their innovative toothpaste, mouthwash and floss. In addition, Crest has partnered with Scope to create a long-lasting mint breath spray that’s also sugar-free. Crest Scope Breath Mist instantly freshens your breath and is an approved size for airline travel.

Let’s take a closer look at this refreshing breath mist.


Highlights
  • $7.50 per unit
  • Instantly freshens breath
  • Contains Scope
  • Long-lasting mint flavor
  • Crest clean meets Scope freshness

Results

Effectiveness: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Comfort: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒
Taste: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒
Likeability: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

Total: 18/20


Review

Crest Scope Breath Mist is potent and effectively eliminates bad breath. It may be too intense for some individuals but it provides a lasting fresh breath. The mint flavor was enjoyable and left a comfortable taste on the tongue. Additionally, it will take your breath away as it contains alcohol, a primary ingredient in Scope products. Lastly, the container is travel-ready and features a twistable spray nozzle.


Directions
  • Turn cap to on position exposing nozzle
  • Prime pump by pressing down on trigger
  • Pump multiple mists directly into mouth
  • Avoid spraying into eyes
  • Keep out of reach of children


Best breath mist for instant fresh breath.



Overall Champion: TheraBreath Fresh Breath Throat Spray*

Top 5 Best Bad Breath Products | TheraBreath Fresh Breath Throat Spray

TheraBreath Fresh Breath Throat Spray edged out Closys Oral Spray to claim the top spot. Both products were highly effective at targeting bad breath germs with mild flavors rather than masking bad breath with potent flavors. TheraBreath was slightly more effective in that category and featured a better delivery system as the spray specifically targets the throat area, where many bad breath germs are harbored. Closys delivery system features a wide-ranging mist that coats all mouth surfaces. Listerine Cool Mint Pocketmist rounded out the top three and featured a similar delivery system as Closys, with a more potent flavor to mask bad breath.


Final Rankings
  1. TheraBreath Fresh Breath Throat Spray 20/20
  2. Closys Oral Spray 19/20
  3. Listerine Cool Mint Pocketmist 18/20
  4. Crest Scope Breath Mist 18/20
  5. Listerine Cool Mint Pocketpaks 16/20

* My Dental Advocate product reviews are based on individual experience and your results with the products may vary.


Dr Advocate Avatar IconAbout the Author

Dr. Advocate is an actual board-certified dentist with clinical practice experience and a mission to provide accurate dental patient education. He believes everyone should access easy-to-read dental resources presented in layman’s terms with relevant, up-to-date dental research and insight to improve their oral health.



Top 5 Best Bad Breath Products

Dentist Tested and Reviewed
Time to Read: 12 mins

Top 5 Best Bad Breath Products | All 5 products being reviewed
Dr Advocate Avatar IconUpdated: August 27, 2022
By: Dr. Advocate

Bad breath or halitosis is an unpleasant condition that causes embarrassment and frustration for many individuals. However, did you know that a significant source of bacteria is the tongue and back of the throat? These areas harbor microbial deposits, bacteria, and debris contributing to bad breath. There are many causes of bad breath, and addressing the root problem can help reverse this common problem.

Common Causes of Bad Breath

  • Dental issues
  • Mouth, nose and throat infections
  • Dry mouth
  • Smoking and tobacco
  • Other chronic conditions

Maintain a healthy mouth by brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and using an antibacterial mouthwash. Some studies show that simply brushing the back of your tongue can reduce bad breath measurements by up to 70%. If you’re away from home and need to freshen your breath, many products are available to stop bad breath at the source. These products also seek to promote whole mouth health using antimicrobial methods. Most are small enough to fit in your pocket or purse and can be used multiple times daily.

Let’s take a closer look at the Top 5 Best Bad Breath Products, from a dentist’s perspective.

Related:
Best Mouthwash for Bad Breath



Evaluation Criteria

We highlight each product's unique, advertised benefits, identify their pros and cons and score each from 1 to 5 based on four categories. The product with the highest score is crowned the overall champion; however, we’ll also give suggested patient benefits for each product. Prices listed are subject to change and discussed in each review, however they were not considered within the scoring criteria.


  1. Effectiveness: Does the mouthwash treat the advertised need? How effective were the results?
  2. Comfort: Are you able to swish for recommended time? Did it sting or burn? How did the mouth feel afterwards?
  3. Taste: How was the overall taste? Was it tolerable? Did it alter your sense of taste?
  4. Likeability: Were the directions clear and simple to understand? Are they desiring unrealistic expectations?



TheraBreath Fresh Breath Throat Spray

Top 5 Best Bad Breath Products | TheraBreath Fresh Breath Throat Spray

Dr. Harold Katz created TheraBreath to help his daughter overcome her struggle with bad breath. Since 1994 they’ve been creating oral care products that treat halitosis, gum disease, tooth decay, stained teeth, immune support, tooth sensitivity, and dry mouth. The original TheraBreath formulation attacks odor-causing bacteria rather than masking them with heavy flavors or powerful odors. TheraBreath is one of the top five largest oral care companies and the largest privately-held manufacturer. TheraBreath Fresh Breath Throat Spray is fortified with green tea, xylitol, aloe vera and starts to fight bad breath instantly.

Let’s take a closer look at this fresh breath spray.


Highlights

  • $9.00 per unit
  • Instantly targets bad breath germs
  • Contains green tea, xylitol and aloe vera
  • Advanced formula
  • Certified kosher, vegan and gluten-free
  • Reaches bacteria in throat and mouth
  • Made in USA


Review

TheraBreath targets the back of the throat with its innovative delivery design and features a reusable cap for easy transport. As indicated, this product works instantly and eliminates odor-causing bacteria at the source. The green tea mint flavor is perfectly flavored and seeks to cure bad breath, not just mask it. We found this product to be extremely effective and you can use it as often as necessary. Lastly, it contains xylitol which helps protect against tooth decay.


Directions
  • Aim directly to throat area
  • Stick tongue out just before spray
  • Spray 2-3 times at throat and tonsils
  • Use as often as necessary

Results

Effectiveness:
Comfort:
Taste:
Likeability:

⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑


Total: 20/20


Best throat spray to eliminate odor causing bacteria.





Closys Oral Spray

Top 5 Best Bad Breath Products | Closys Oral Spray

In 1980, Dr. Perry Ratcliff founded Closys to replace ineffective and irritating oral rinses. He formulated an extremely effective yet gentle oral rinse that was praised by a small group of dentists. Closys Oral Care was born and continues to create high quality, comfortable oral rinses. Their products are made in the USA and are free from alcohols, sulfates and triclosan. Closys Oral Spray is a water-based pH balanced, advanced formula that hydrates the mouth, promotes health and eliminates bad breath.

Let’s take a closer look at this hydrating oral spray.


Highlights

  • $7.00 per unit
  • Hydrates tissue
  • Water-based pH balanced
  • Promotes whole mouth health
  • Antimicrobial eliminates bad breath
  • Refreshing mint flavor


Review

Closys Oral Spray features a design that easily coats all surfaces of the mouth and instantly refreshes your breath. The mint flavor is strong but not overpowering. It provides a cooling effect on the oral tissue and effectively hydrates the mouth. There was slight bitterness noted immediately after use; however it subsided soon after. Lastly, the mint flavor provided fresh breath for many hours.


Directions
  • Shake well
  • Spray once or twice into your mouth
  • Avoid spraying into eyes
  • Keep out of reach of children

Results

Effectiveness:
Comfort:
Taste:
Likeability:

⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑


Total: 19/20


Best oral spray to eliminate dry mouth and bad breath.





Listerine Cool Mint Pocketpaks

Top 5 Best Bad Breath Products | Listerine Cool Mint Pocketpaks

The creator of Listerine, Dr. Joseph Lawrence, named the formulation after Dr. Baron Lister, an English surgeon who performed the first operation in a sterilized chamber disinfected with pulverized antiseptic. Dr. Lawrence created his formulation to kill germs in tissues, like your mouth. Listerine has the largest variety of mouthwash compared to other brands, and offers multiple types of bad breath products, including Listerine Cool Mint Pocketpaks.

Let’s take a look at this Listerine product.


Highlights

  • $3.50 per unit
  • Kills 99% of bad breath germs
  • Breath strips
  • Cool mint flavor
  • Travel pack


Review

Listerine Cool Mint Pocketpaks were effective at eliminating bad breath and provided a cooling and refreshing effect. The breath strip was highly potent and flavorful however it may be too intense for some individuals. It was tasteful and comfortable in your mouth. The travel pack is convenient and easy to store in a pocket or purse however having to grab each strip may be uncomfortable for hygiene purposes.


Directions
  • Store in a dry place
  • Avoid heat and humidity
  • Place breath strip on tongue
  • Use as necessary

Results

Effectiveness:
Comfort:
Taste:
Likeability:

⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒
⭑⭑⭑⭒⭒


Total: 16/20


Best breath strip for lasting fresh breath and portability.





Listerine Cool Mint Pocketmist

Top 5 Best Bad Breath Products | Listerine Cool Mint Pocketmist

Listerine Cool Mint Pocketmist joins Listerine Cool Mint Pocketpaks in the fight against harmful breath germs. Both products claim to kill 99% of bad breath germs with an incredible mint flavor. In addition, Pocketmist is an oral care mist that’s sugar-free and easy to store in a pocket or purse.

Let’s take a closer look at this non-aerosol product.


Highlights

  • $5.00 per unit
  • Kills 99% of bad breath germs
  • Oral care mist
  • Cool mint flavor
  • Sugar-free, no calories
  • Non-aerosol


Review

Listerine Cool Mint Pocketmist provided great effectiveness against bad breath and easily bathed all surfaces of the mouth. The non-aerosol spray was comfortable and featured a strong cool mint flavor for lasting fresh breath. We noticed slight bitterness and taste alteration however they both quickly subsided. Lastly, we enjoyed this product compared to Pocketpaks because there was no direct contact and potential transmission of germs.


Directions
  • Press down until white mist hole is revealed
  • Continue to press trigger until mist is released
  • Mist 2 or 3 times for fresh breath
  • Trigger must be primed before initial use

Results

Effectiveness:
Comfort:
Taste:
Likeability:

⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑


Total: 18/20


Best cool mint breath mist with strong flavor and lasting fresh breath.





Crest Scope Breath Mist

Top 5 Best Bad Breath Products | Crest Scope Breath Mist

Crest is a leader in the oral health care community combining years of research with product development. Crest Whitestrips is their most desired product; however, they’re also known for their innovative toothpaste, mouthwash and floss. In addition, Crest has partnered with Scope to create a long-lasting mint breath spray that’s also sugar-free. Crest Scope Breath Mist instantly freshens your breath and is an approved size for airline travel.

Let’s take a closer look at this refreshing breath mist.


Highlights

  • $7.50 per unit
  • Instantly freshens breath
  • Contains Scope
  • Long-lasting mint flavor
  • Crest clean meets Scope freshness


Review

Crest Scope Breath Mist is potent and effectively eliminates bad breath. It may be too intense for some individuals but it provides a lasting fresh breath. The mint flavor was enjoyable and left a comfortable taste on the tongue. Additionally, it will take your breath away as it contains alcohol, a primary ingredient in Scope products. Lastly, the container is travel-ready and features a twistable spray nozzle.


Directions
  • Turn cap to on position exposing nozzle
  • Prime pump by pressing down on trigger
  • Pump multiple mists directly into mouth
  • Avoid spraying into eyes
  • Keep out of reach of children

Results

Effectiveness:
Comfort:
Taste:
Likeability:

⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑


Total: 18/20


Best breath mist for instant fresh breath.





Overall Champion:
TheraBreath Fresh Breath Throat Spray*

Top 5 Best Bad Breath Products | TheraBreath Fresh Breath Throat Spray

TheraBreath Fresh Breath Throat Spray edged out Closys Oral Spray to claim the top spot. Both products were highly effective at targeting bad breath germs with mild flavors rather than masking bad breath with potent flavors. TheraBreath was slightly more effective in that category and featured a better delivery system as the spray specifically targets the throat area, where many bad breath germs are harbored. Closys delivery system features a wide-ranging mist that coats all mouth surfaces. Listerine Cool Mint Pocketmist rounded out the top three and featured a similar delivery system as Closys, with a more potent flavor to mask bad breath.


Final Rankings
  1. TheraBreath Fresh Breath Throat Spray 20/20
  2. Closys Oral Spray 19/20
  3. Listerine Cool Mint Pocketmist 18/20
  4. Crest Scope Breath Mist 18/20
  5. Listerine Cool Mint Pocketpaks 16/20

* My Dental Advocate product reviews are based on individual experience and your results with the products may vary.


Dr Advocate Avatar Icon
About the Author

Dr. Advocate is an actual board-certified dentist with clinical practice experience and a mission to provide accurate dental patient education. He believes everyone should access easy-to-read dental resources presented in layman’s terms with relevant, up-to-date dental research and insight to improve their oral health.



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