Garlic may be flavorful and it may have claims of therapeutic abilities. Unfortunately, it also leaves an unpleasant odor in the mouth. Garlic can effect breath odor for up to 72 hours because once ingested, the oil can be carried through the bloodstream and into the lungs. Here are some suggestions on how to make sure you smell nice after feasting on garlic:
Use fresh garlic instead of power garlic in your recipes. Powder can rehydrate in the body and thus the effect of the oil is longer.
Brush your teeth immediately after eating a garlicy meal. Brush your tongue as well. Don’t forget to floss so that the bacteria in your mouth won’t mix with the oil in the garlic. Flush it out with mouthwash right after for good measure.
If fresh mint or parsley is available, you can also munch on a few leaves. Another option is to drink hot cup of mint tea or cold lemonade. These will help cut down the pungent smell of garlic.