Posted by: Dealon Dental - A DC Dental Company | October 15, 2012

How to Get Rid of Garlic Breath – Reposted from Dental Health Magazine

How to Get Rid of Garlic Breath – Dental Health Magazine.

October 15th, 2012
How to Get Rid of Garlic Breath
Garlic is a potent and flavorful spice, used in many dishes to enhance their flavor. Unfortunately it causes halitosis or bad breath when eaten because of the allyl methyl sulfide gas it releases during the metabolism of garlic in the body.

Sulfate gases usually carry a pungent odor sometimes smelling like rotten eggs. This allyl methyl sulfide gas released during garlic metabolism is no exception and is absorbed in the blood and travels to the lungs (thus producing halitosis) and also seeps through the pores of the skin to give the garlic breath scent.

For garlic lovers getting rid of garlic breath should not mean sacrificing the spice.

How to Get Rid of Garlic Bad Breath: INSTRUCTIONS

  1. It has been found that drinking milk while eating garlic is good for neutralizing garlic breath. The fat and water content in the milk has been found to soak up the allyl methyl sulfide (AMS) gas that dissolves in the blood stream and eventually causes garlic breath.
  2. Drinking water while eating or after eating garlic goes a long way in reducing bad breath caused by garlic. The water dilutes the blood and as such this reduces the concentration or potency of the AMS gas which in turn eliminates garlic breath.
  3. Foods high in phenolic acid are well known garlic odor reducers. These foods include: basil, apples, spinach and parsley. Parsley has been used since ancient times as a breath odor reducer and it has been found that the polyphenols it contains are responsible for reducing odors. Other foods rich in polyphenols such as the previously mentioned are also good breath odor reducers. The polyphenols act like antioxidants and oxidize or break down the sulfur compounds in the garlic, this inhibits the release of the AMS gas and eliminates garlic breath.
  4. Squeezing a freshly cut lemon or lime wedge into the mouth after eating garlic goes a long way in reducing garlic breath.
  5. If you eat out and eat meals containing garlic a lot it is advisable that you carry a travel sized toothbrush and toothpaste with you to brush your teeth. If you cannot do so then just carry mints or gum with you, gum especially minty flavors helps tremendously with getting rid of garlic breath.
  6. Good oral hygiene trumps all the other garlic breath reducing methods. If you brush twice daily and floss at least once per day then eating will give an odor but it will not be as pronounced as with those who do not follow this regimen. You will still need to employ one of the above methods to help with eliminating your garlic breath.

How to Get Rid of Garlic Bad Breath: TIPS AND WARNINGS

Green tea is also rich in polyphenols which break down sulfur compounds in garlic hence reducing garlic breath.
For those foods rich in polyphenols it is best to use them while eating the garlic, the polyphenols work best to oxidize or break down sulfur compounds when it is actually mixed with the garlic.

Jenny Richards is a free lancer writer and content builder of



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