Bad breath is caused by edible delinquents namely garlic and onions, especially when consumed in the raw state.
Onions and garlic, being members of the same genus ‘Allium’ are used as spices in cooking Indian foods. They are enriched in sulphur compounds that add a definite flavour to the grilled items. Garlic and onions both play a critical role in causing a certain redolent breath. Garlic and onion release by-products that become infused in our bloodstream and are transported to the lungs releasing filthy breath.
Hence to counteract the adverse effects of garlic and onion, here are some practices we need to follow on a daily basis.
Try tongue brushes
Consumption of foods in increased amount leads to the accumulation of bacteria on the back of your tongue where your toothbrush can’t reach. Tongue cleaners, such as tongue brushes and scrapers, reach the posterior portion of the tongue and assist in removing odour-causing residue.
Drink apple cider vinegar or green tea
Apple cider vinegar is composed of pectin, that supports the growth of healthy bacteria. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink the mixture before consuming foods enriched in garlic and onions. You can drink a very diluted solution after your meal or rinse your mouth with it after a successful meal. Just like apple cider vinegar, a hot cup of green tea after a meal temporary reduces the garlic odour.
Eat fresh fruits
Fresh produce like apples, lettuce, or mint help in freshening garlic breath. Eat apples for dessert or chew on fresh mint leaves to neutralise your breath.
Brush your teeth after a meal
The production of foul breath is often induced by the accumulation of bacteria below the gum line. Hence you need to brush and use dental floss to oust the odour-causing bacteria, plus food residue. You can even use an electric toothbrush to clean below the gum line and reduce plaque. This keeps your breath free of smell for an extended period and also helps in brushing the roof of your mouth and your tongue gently.
Use a chlorinated mouthwash
Mouthwashes containing chlorine dioxide neutralize bad breath and even remove plaque, tongue-coating bacteria, and food particles. Chlorinated Mouthwash usually works perfectly after brushing and flossing. Antiseptic mouthwashes are also effective for plaque and other bacterial infections.
Use essential oils
Essential oils like peppermint, rosemary, myrrh, eucalyptol are often added to alcohol-based mouthwashes to generate a deodorised breath. They even have antibacterial properties that help you to dodge the negative effects of food particles, bacteria, and odour.
Chew gum after eating
Chewing spearmint gum or menthol flavoured lozenges can transiently countervail garlic breath. They also help in reducing the symptoms of acid reflux, and thereby recede the chronic effects of garlic and onion after digestion.