If you’re like me, then you’ve done the lick-your-hand or breathe-into-your-hand or whatever other weird, gross things to figure out if you have bad breath. But now instead of popping some gum in your mouth, or you know, brushing your teeth, you can use Mint.

This new gadget actually tracks your oral health, giving you results (and instructions for what to do) right on your smartphone with their corresponding app, which is equally cool and perhaps, a little freaky. Mint is from the creators of Breathometer (and their newer version, Breeze), a breathalyzer that connects to your smartphone. It functions similarly to Breathometer and Breeze, but it also provides you with information about what’s going on in your mouth.

How to tell if I have bad breath: The Mint app shows you breath quality and hydration

Breathe into Mint, and it measures Volatile Sulfur Compounds (VSCs) in your breath. VSCs can be elevated by certain foods and drinks, and can actually be indicators of gum issues and cavities as well as, you guessed it, bad breath. But hey, at least they’re nice about it, right?

What’s also fascinating and perhaps more useful about Mint, to me anyway, is that it measures your hydration levels as well. That’s important not just for super athletes, but all human beings. I know I’m terrible about drinking enough water, and hard evidence of how low I actually am on fluids might really help me keep on top of it.

In fact, just writing about it right now makes me want to go get a cup of water.

Not surprisingly, they’ve already surpassed their Indiegogo campaign goal, but with 42 days left, you’ve still got the opportunity to be one of the first to get your hands on this new gadget, or um, perhaps gently gift it to someone else. Not that I’m pointing fingers or anything.

Support the Mint Indiegogo campaign and be one of the first people to get your hands on this new gadget when it launches in August 2015. 

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