Someone sent me a message the other day saying her doctor had told her to stop chewing gum and sucking on mints, which was causing her gas pains. (I looked it up and according to the Mayo Clinic, both can and do cause gas for some people because you’re swallowing air…sipping through straws can cause this problem too). Anyway, she asked if I knew of any “natural” ways she could combat garlic and onion breath since these are two of her favorite ingredients. (I’m chewing on fresh parsley as I write!)
So I did some research, tried out as many ideas as I could/wanted to, and found some that worked for me. My stomach’s a bit upset at this point from chewing on raw garlic and onions before trying each “remedy” and drinking my usual afternoon pot of coffee! Maybe I’ll next research how to naturally soothe a stomach after consuming mass amounts of caffeine, onions, garlic, fresh herbs, etc.!
A couple of ways to check your own breath, which is what I did instead of finding people I could breathe on, is to cup your hands, take a deep breath and blow into them. If you can smell a foul odor, you have bad breath. You can also use dental floss to floss your teeth and then smell the floss. Again, if the floss smells bad, do does your breath.
Of course brushing your teeth, mouthwash, flossing and tongue cleaning will help keep your breath smelling fresh and is good oral hygiene.
Bad breath triggers besides foods like garlic and onions can include dry mouth, smoking, gum disease, medications and diseases. If you notice a constant bad odor coming from your mouth, you might want to check with your dentist or doctor for any underlying problems.