Handbag hero: CB12 Boost fresh breath gum
Some samples of this fresh breath gum called CB12 found their way onto my desk ages ago and having finally tried them, I'm impressed. Yes, it is a big lump of gum, but not quite as big as it looks in this shot - it's a bit smaller in diameter than a 5p coin.
What's so great about it?
The key thing about this gum is its active ingredient, zinc acetate, which freshens breath by neutralising volatile sulphur compounds (VSCs) in the mouth, which are the things that make bad breath smell bad. And it tastes fine, nice and minty. The flavour doesn't last for very long but I reckon that by the time the flavour has gone, it has done its mouth-freshening work.
Doesn't all gum freshen your mouth?
Up to a point. Chewing sugar-free gum makes the mouth feel much fresher and increases the amount of saliva in the mouth, which neutralises the plaque acids that harm teeth, and helps teeth to remineralise themselves. But normal gum won't neutralise VSCs.
Why didn't I try it sooner?
TBH I wasn't mad keen to try this because I have tried the main product in the CB12 range, a mouthwash that combines the zinc acetate which you find in the gum with chlorohexidine. It's a very effective mixture for neutralising smelly VSCs and its formula means it clings on to the inside of the mouth to guarantee fresh breath for 12 hours. It's an extremely impressive claim and yes, it works, though I find it also makes anything I eat and drink taste a bit strange. Not nasty, but just slightly different to what I was expecting. So I wasn't in a hurry to try the gum, in case it played the same trick on my tastebuds, but it didn't.
Where to find it?
You can buy the gum at Boots or on amazon - it's £5 a packet. That's a lot compared to, say, the Wrigley's Extra which is usually sculling around the bottom of my bag, so I plan to use it for a quick fix when I really need it, rather than just chomping on it mindlessly which is what I usually do with gum.