You’ve just feasted on a fantastic Italian dinner. But now you
feel like a garlic-breathing dragon.
Water, unfortunately, isn’t going to help – and sucking on a mint or chewing gum will only mask it temporarily.
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Once garlic is digested into your system, its oils are ushered into your bloodstream and circulated to the lungs, where its garlicky odor is exhaled for up to 72-hours. That’s right. Three days! No amount of toothbrushing is going to get rid of that garlic breath. However, there is one trick that seems to lessen the foul effects of garlic: Try chewing on a sprig or two of fresh parsley after the meal. Or, you can try fennel. Fennel is a sweet-tasting herb that has been known to freshen breath and aid in digestion. In fact, many Indian restaurants
have bowls of fennel seeds (sometimes candy-coated) for patrons to grab on the way out the door.
While there are ways to avoid getting garlic breath, everyone is prone to bad breath now and then. Poor oral hygiene, drinks, our diets, medical conditions, and illness can all play a role in halitosis.
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If you’re plagued by chronic bad breath, your first line of defense is to brush and floss your teeth at least twice day. Second, you should make an appointment to visit our office. We can check you for these other common causes of bad breath:
- Periodontal (gum) disease, caused by bacteria that forms on the teeth (plaque).
- Improperly fitting or poorly cleaned dentures.
- Dry mouth or xerostomia (may be caused by certain medications or medical conditions that decrease the production of saliva, as well as continuous mouth breathing, especially during sleep).
Contact us today for more information about bad breath and to make an appointment.