Five Foods that Cause Bad Breath

Some foods that are part of our daily eating plan have great health benefits but can also affect our breath. However, with some dietary adjustments and proper oral care, we can continue to enjoy these foods without worry!

Here are some foods that cause bad breath:

1. Garlic and Onions. Garlic and onions contain sulphuric compounds that linger in the mouth, resulting in bad breath.

2. Dairy. A glass of milk can do wonders for teeth and bones but can give us bad breath. The mouth contains millions of bacteria that feeds on amino acids found in most dairy products. Once eaten, these microbes release sulfuric compounds with an unpleasant smell.

3. Coffee. Coffee is enjoyed by many, but is a drying agent and slows down the production of saliva needed to kill bacteria and help digest food particles in our mouths. When the mouth is unable to produce enough saliva, bacteria multiplies as it breaks down remaining food particles, leaving behind a foul smell.

4. Alcohol. Like coffee, alcohol is a drying agent and limits the production of saliva, giving bacteria the opportunity to grow.

5. Canned Tuna. When seafood oxidizes, it causes bad breath. Canned tuna can emit a stronger smell because of the dark, metallic tin in which it’s stored.

Some of these foods have benefits to the body but must be consumed in moderation to prevent bacteria buildup that causes bad breath. Brush and floss regularly to keep bacteria at a minimum. If you have chronic bad breath (halitosis), consult the services of a professional dentist.

In Etobicoke, Dr. Mark Rhody and our qualified team are happy to help you smile with confidence! To make an appointment, please call us at (416) 231-4281 or use our form.

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