If you suffer from bad breath then did you know that it could be what you’re eating that’s causing it? There are some foods that are more likely to affect the state of your mouth and breath – and it’s not just limited to the well known ones like onions and garlic. Regular brushing, flossing and using mouthwash after a meal containing foods that cause bad breath can help get rid of the effectsof the worst offenders. If you don’t have a toothbrush with you then try sipping water and swilling it in your mouth for 10 seconds before spitting – this should at least help until you can get to a toothbrush. Below are some of the worst halitosis causing foods and drink to avoid.
Garlic – if the legend is true then the smell of garlic is pungent enough to fight off vampires! Garlic is without a doubt one of the stinkiest foods and, if you’ve eaten too much of it, it’s difficult to get rid of. Allyl methyl sulfide from garlic is absorbed into your bloodstream when you eat it and then into your lungs before being released into the air around you (including the nostrils of anyone in the vicinity).
Onion – onions contain a sulphur like acid, which smells really bad. As our bodies break down the onions the sulphur remains in our bodies for 24 hours, on your breath and also seeping from your pores.
Coffee – coffee breath is a peril of the workplace the world over. Coffee reduces saliva production, which would help kill that bad breath. The proteins and sugars from added milk and sugar can fuel the bacteria that cause bad breath and the pungency of coffee means that the smell of it sticks around for hours after you’ve consumed it.
Fish – we all know that fish smells fishy and especially a variety such as tuna. If you add some garlic and onion in mayonnaise into the mix then you’ve got the perfect recipe for stinking out the office – and your breath.
Curry – the potency of the spices in a curry is what is at the root of your korma-related bad breath. Coriander, turmeric, fenugreek, chili and cumin are pungent even on their own. When combined they can be halitosis heaven.
Alcohol – like coffee, alcohol dries out your mouth, allowing bacteria to take hold and reducing the production of the saliva that could wash it away. As alcohol is absorbed into your blood you might find you’re sweating that beer out the next day too, giving away just how many pints you might have enjoyed the night before.
Dairy – not many people would identify dairy as a bad breath culprit but, thanks to the mucus it produces in our throats, it is. As the proteins in dairy are broken down they also create sulphur by products and so – just like onions – dairy can leave you with a serious case of halitosis after eating.