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How to Get Rid of Garlic Breath

Updated on December 4, 2012

Stinky, Garlic Breath

Garlic is one of the most beloved vegetables (yes, it’s a veggie). It has been used for centuries to enhance the flavor of foods. In fact, if it isn’t for garlic, you probably wouldn’t be coming back again and again to your favorite Italian restaurant. While garlic makes your pasta a tasteful delight, it does the opposite to your breath. You have probably noticed that garlic causes you to have bad breath. What’s worse is that after a few hours, you think the garlic breath is gone but the truth is it is still there. So before you get confident and attempt to give your date a kiss, read on and find out how to get rid of garlic breath.

Why does garlic give you bad breath?
Why does garlic give you bad breath?

What Causes Garlic Breath?

Before anything else, it is interesting to know why garlic causes you to have such a foul and unpleasant breath. The answer is quite simple actually: Garlic oils are carried into the bloodstream, taken to your lungs, and then you exhale the odor out through your breath. It can take up to 72 hours for that garlic breath to be completely eliminated if you just wait it out. You probably do not want to wait that long so read the tips below and discover home remedies for garlic breath.

How to Get Rid of Garlic Breath

1. Chew on parsley.

End your meal by chewing on parsley or other herbs such as fennel, spearmint, and rosemary. Parsley contains chlorophyll, which have antibacterial properties. It helps kill bacteria and acts as a deodorizer. You can also make a tea by steeping your chosen herb with hot water. So now you know why that spaghetti platter always comes with a sprig of parsley on top.

2. Mask the odor.

If you need a quick way to remove garlic breath, gums and mints are your best friends. But remember that these only mask the odor. Your garlic breath will wreak havoc again once the effects of these breath fresheners are gone. Opt for sugarless gums and mints as sugar creates plaques, potentially making your already bad breath worse.

3. Drink a cup of hot tea.

Do you love hot tea? Yes? Great! But I’m talking about unsweetened tea here. The leaves contain polyphenols which disallow the growth of bacteria that may cause bad breath. Also, hot tea rinses away the garlic oils in your mouth. Try mint tea as it is very refreshing but any tea will help get rid of garlic breath.

4. Eat fiber-rich fruits and vegetables.

You might be wondering what’s with fiber? Well, fiber increases saliva production. And why does that help? More saliva means your mouth remains moist and makes it less likely to have plaque buildup. Saliva also helps rinse your mouth and removes food particles that are stuck in your teeth.

5. Observe proper oral hygiene.

When talking about the steps on how to get rid of garlic breath, nothing beats proper oral hygiene. If you do not brush your teeth every day and feel lazy to even consider flossing, you shouldn’t be surprised why your garlic breath doesn’t go away. Make sure that you brush your teeth three times daily and do it like you really care for your teeth. Don’t be in a hurry and allot 2-3 minutes for brushing. Also make it a habit to floss your teeth every day to remove those chunks and pieces of food left between your teeth.


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