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How To Get Rid Of Garlic Breath

Garlic has been a culinary staple for thousands of years. Many of the world's best-known dishes contain this aromatic. While garlic may be a crucial part of your next meal, it could leave you feeling self-conscious of its effect on your breath. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to get your breath under control quickly. Here's how to get rid of that lingering garlic breath after one of your favourite meals.

1. Brush Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth with toothpaste removes the smelly food particles from your teeth, which will help improve the smell of your breath. Don't forget to brush your tongue, as garlic odours may linger there as well.

You can still brush your teeth when you're on the go, as long as you plan ahead. Get in the habit of carrying a spare toothbrush and toothpaste with you – or storing them in your desk drawer at work – so that you can easily slip into a bathroom to freshen your breath.

2. Swish with Mouthwash

After eating foods that contain garlic, the garlicky scent is known to linger on your breath. A strong scent like a minty mouthwash can help cover up this smell until it goes away on its own.

After eating a garlicky meal, swish with a rinse to immediately mask the smell. If you're a garlic lover, you may want to carry a travel-sized bottle of mouthwash in your bag to make sure it's always within reach when you need it.

3. Chew Gum

If you don't have much time, chew a piece of gum to freshen your breath quickly. The gum will leave a fresh smell behind that will temporarily mask the garlicky odour. Plus, chewing gum helps stimulate your salivary flow. That extra saliva can wash away the garlic food particles that are still in your mouth.

While any gum can help cover up your garlic breath, it's best to choose a sugar-free variety. This is because gums containing sugar can contribute to tooth cavities, as explained by the American Dental Association.

4. Drink Green Tea

Green tea can make a great post-meal respite. Not only does green tea support healthy digestion, but it's also been shown to help reduce odour-causing compounds in your mouth.

5. Eat Parsley

Parsley is one of the more popular home remedies for bad breath. Today, parsley is still commonly used to garnish plates at your favourite restaurant. Not only does it elevate the flavours of your dish, but is will also help neutralise post-meal odours.

While parsley has long been claimed to have odour-fighting properties, studies have shown the herb to have little effect on truly eliminating garlic breath. Instead, parsley's strong scent masks bad breath, giving you some post-meal peace of mind.

6. Drink Milk

Surprisingly, you can also get your garlic breath under control by drinking milk. A study published in the Journal of Food Science reports that milk significantly reduces the concentrations of garlic's odorous compounds.

Knowing the best ways to get rid of garlic breath can give you the confidence to indulge in your next garlic-heavy meal. Just be sure to keep these tips in mind and be prepared next time you feel self-conscious about your garlic breath.

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