It’s a dilemma that we’ve probably all experienced before – you’ve finished eating that hearty, delicious, garlicky meal and you’re feeling great. Then the call comes – you have the opportunity for a last-second job interview or a date. What are you to do now? You might be worried that your garlic breath will ruin your chance at success! Fortunately, we’re here to help with tips on getting your garlic breath under control quickly.
If it’s a truly last-second chance, chewing a piece of gum will quickly freshen your breath and temporarily mask the odor of the garlic. It will also stimulate the flow of saliva which will help wash away the garlic food particles remaining in your mouth. Be sure to choose a sugar-free gum which will not contribute to tooth decay!
Garlic smell lingers until your body expels the food on its own. A strong mint scent can help cover up the garlic smell until this occurs. So if you love garlic, it might be a good idea to carry a travel-sized bottle of mouthwash in your bag just in case you might need it.
Brushing Your Teeth
If you can get to a toothbrush, use it! Brushing your teeth and tongue will remove food particles and make your breath smell better. If you’re on the go a lot, consider carrying a spare toothbrush and small tube of toothpaste with you or storing them in your desk so that you’re always prepared.
A study published in the Journal of Food Science concluded that milk reduces the concentrations of smelly compounds produced by garlic by a significant amount. So drink some milk before your big meeting to help get your garlic breath under control. It should be noted that whole milk is more effective than skim milk.
Parsley is a secret emergency bad breath fix that most people are unaware of. The fresh scent of parsley can help mask unpleasant garlic odor and has a cleansing effect in your mouth. Crunchy vegetables like celery or broccoli also work by loosening any garlic food particles stuck to your teeth. Their fresh smells also help mask the odors of bad breath.
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