A 2007 study at the University of British Columbia found that the polyphenols in green tea temporarily decrease sulfur compounds in the mouth. Just be sure to drink it straight–adding sugar or milk will increase the bacteria you’re trying to reduce. Good to Know: Mint tea has powerful anti-odor benefits as well and has been shown to be especially good at neutralizing garlic oils.
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Fibrous vegetables, such as celery and cucumbers, boost your mouth’s saliva production, which washes away odor-causing bacteria. In fact, holding a slice of cucumber between your tongue and the roof of your mouth for about 90 seconds helps limit odor. Crunchy vegetables help remove plaque on teeth and gums, which bacteria can feed on, says Gregg Lituchy, a cosmetic dentist in New York City. Good to Know: Parsley has the same odor-neutralizing effect as vegetables. So the next time you’re out to dinner, chew on your garnish (discreetly!)