Garlic is healthy and a delicious ingredient in meals, but it’s also notorious for lingering on the breath. What can you do to keep the noxious odors from sabotaging your reputation? Try one (or two or three) of the following suggestions.
Brush Your Tongue
Brushing your teeth after a garlicky meal can help get rid of lingering odors, but make sure you get your tongue, too. That’s where a lot of smelly germs and debris end up. A clean tongue will reduce your chances of having bad breath.
Rinse with Minty Mouthwash
No toothbrush handy? Rinse with mouthwash. Choose one with a powerfully minty flavor to mask your garlic breath for as long as possible.
Chew an Herb or Spice
Fresh herbs and whole spices work very well at minimizing stinky breath after a meal. Parsley, cloves, and fennel are great natural breath-fresheners.
Eat Fresh Mint, Apples, or Lettuce
Did you know that garlic breath can continue long after you’ve brushed your teeth? That’s because the smelly compounds in garlic enter your bloodstream, transfer from the blood to the air in your lungs, and are released back out your mouth when you exhale.
To treat your garlic breath at the source, you need to eat a food with enzymes that help break down garlic’s odorous compounds before they can reach your lungs. Research indicates that fresh mint, apple slices, and lettuce can do the trick. Eat one of these foods immediately after your garlicky meal and you should be able to avoid having dragon breath for the rest of the day!
Consult with a dentist offering halitosis treatment if you suspect your bad breath is caused by more than just your diet.
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Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, South Carolina 29708
It is very common for dental patients to be concerned with whether or not they have bad breath. Even for the dental professional, bringing up the topic with a patient is a very sensitive subject. Several factors affect the way a person’s breath smells, and it’s something that everyone wants to be sure that they manage. Bad breath can affect your personal and professional life, not to mention make you feel uncomfortable around other people.
Certain foods can cause bad breath, such as garlic or foods that contain sugar, which feed oral bacteria. Avoiding these foods will prevent odor or excess bacteria that would contribute to bad breath.
Other causes of bad breath include infections in the head and neck. These include sinus infections, allergies, nasal drainage, gingivitis, periodontal disease, decay or abscess, prescription medications and reflux disease. Managing these conditions will help eliminate the bacteria in the mouth or esophagus that causes breath malodor.
The majority of bad breath bacteria are found on the surface of your tongue, so oral hygiene is the primary treatment when it comes to treating and preventing bad breath. It is estimated that up to 90% of the bacteria that cause bad breath reside on the surface of your tongue. You can gently clean your tongue with a soft bristled toothbrush or a tongue scraper. Tongue scrapers are easy to clean and will amaze you at the amount of bacteria that they remove. Be careful not to be too aggressive with tongue cleaners as you may damage the delicate papilla on your tongue.
Seeing your hygienist regularly for dental cleanings to remove accumulated tartar or plaque deposits also helps you to manage odorous oral bacteria. Avoid alcohol-containing mouth rinses as these may dry your mouth out further and alter the natural flora of your mouth.
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