About Fresh Pops
Fresh Pops is a “revolutionary” way to attack bad breath at the source and keep it away all day.
All you have to do is pour a pack of Fresh Pops in your mouth, which will begin “cracking and popping” as soon as they touch your tongue; similar the pop rock candy you probably enjoyed as a child. Every time these crystals pop, they instantly release pharmaceutical grade zinc to neutralize the hydrogen sulfide molecules that can lead to bad breath.
In this way, Fresh Pops isn’t just masking odors; it’s actually changing the chemistry of your breath—guaranteed!
Whether you struggle with less-than-stellar breath or just need an occasional pick me up throughout the day, will Fresh Pops work as well as the company claims? And even if they work perfectly, are they ultimately worth the money? These are just a couple of the questions we’ll address here.
Let’s start by talking about the root causes of bad breath.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Here’s where we need to differentiate between two things: lifestyle factors that can lead to bad breath, and the physiological process that causes bad breath.
From a lifestyle perspective, bad breath can be caused by a variety of factors. For example, after eating especially pungent foods like garlic or onions, they’re processed in your blood stream and the odors can make their way to your lungs, where they’re given off in your breath. Or, if you don’t practice good oral hygiene, pieces of food can become lodged in your teeth and increase bacteria production.
From a physiological perspective, whether they’re feeding off leftover food or are just naturally present in higher concentrations, bad breath is caused by “the excretion of the anaerobic bacteria that live within your mouth.” And, like the Fresh Pops commercial claimed, one of these excretions is hydrogen sulfide (“the rotten egg smell”) and methyl mercaptan (“the barnyard smell”).
And because many of these sulfur-creating thrive on sugars, traditional gum and mints might cover up the smell for a few minutes, but could actually make bad breath even worse.
Regardless of the root cause or the type of anaerobic excretion, can you really expect Fresh Pops to eliminate bad breath at the source?
Will the Zinc In Fresh Pops Eliminate Bad Breath?
Taking a look at Google Scholar, there seems to be a fair amount of clinical evidence showing that zinc (whether in the form of pure crystals, toothpastes, or as an ingredient in chewing gum), has the ability to neutralize volatile sulfur compounds and therefore reduce bad breath. However, most studies show that this neutralization only lasts for an hour or so—not “all day” as Fresh Pops’ manufacturer claims.
Given all this clinical evidence, are there any other products like Fresh Pops that use zinc to neutralize bad breath?
Does Fresh Pops Have Any Competition?
Search online for “zinc” gum or “zinc bad breath” and you’ll quickly find several products that use zinc to neutralize bad breath, including SmartMouth Gum and ThreaBreath Chewing Gum. On top of this, you’ll also find zinc drops, gels, toothpastes, supplements, and more. You’ll even find other effervescent crystal-based products like 32 (which appears to be the original).
Compared to these other options, how much will you pay for Fresh Pops?
Fresh Pops Pricing & Refund Information
20 Fresh Pops packs are priced at $10 plus free S&H. During checkout, you’ll be able to double your order for an additional $6.99 S&H.
All Fresh Pops purchases come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H. This means that if you choose the BOGO offer and request a refund, you could lose more in S&H charges than you’ll get back as a refund!
Regardless, you can request a refund by calling Telebrands customer service at 855-668-1655.
Speaking of which, what do we know about the company?
The 411 On Telebrands
Although Telebrands has been around for more than 30 years, and despite the fact that they manufacture some extraordinarily popular products like Pocket Hose Ultra, Lazer Bond, and Hurricane 360 Spin Mop, the company seems to have a mixed online customer reputation. Why?
From a products perspective, most customer complaints revolve around failure to work as advertised (sometimes not at all), poor quality (many complain that they only last a few uses), and poor customer service experiences (generally problems obtaining refunds and high-pressure sales tactics).
From a company perspective, Telebrands had a C- rating with the Better Business Bureau at the time of our research, based on well over 1,000 closed complaints. Most of these referenced the same concerns as with their products. On top of this, Telebrands recently paid $550K to the NJ Attorney General’s office in 2015 for allegedly violating the Consumer Fraud Act. As part of the settlement, the company admitted no wrongdoing.
What’s the point? While we can’t be sure you’ll experience anything similar with Fresh Pops, we think it’s definitely something to keep in mind.
What’s the Bottom Line About Fresh Pops?
Because zinc has been clinically shown to neutralize the volatile sulfur compounds that are the root cause of bad breath, it’s certainly possible that Fresh Pops can provide some relief. But even if they work exactly as advertised, you probably will only experience results for a couple hours—not all day like the manufacturer claims.
But keep in mind that you’ll probably lose more money than you’ll get back if you decide to return Fresh Pops, and that there are many other zinc-based options that might provide more value for the money.
In our opinion, if you’re suffering from persistent bad breath, make an appointment with your doctor, who might be able to recommend specific options based on your diagnosis. In the mean time, why not try other options that might cost less, like breathing with your mouth closed, drinking plenty of water, practicing good oral hygiene (including flossing!), scraping your tongue each morning, and more?