What Types of Food Can Give You Bad Breath?

When you have an important business meeting, a lunch appointment, or a romantic date in your schedule, you will probably avoid eating any dish with garlic or onions. But sometimes, even if you did avoid eating something with those malodorous ingredients, your breath still smells bad. Does this mean there’s something wrong with your teeth?

Although it’s a good idea to regularly consult your dentist as a preventive measure, you may also want to look into what you're eating. What you eat could give you bad breath.

How Food Causes Bad Breath

Onions and garlic foul up your breath because of their natural chemicals, but other food items cause bad breath because they foster the growth of bacteria. Some kinds of food are better at providing bacteria in your mouth the environment they need to stink up breath. Bacteria love acidic environments, so food with high acidity can increase the number of microbes in your mouth and give you eye-watering exhalations. Others may be very sticky and adhere to the nooks and crannies of your mouth where they become fodder for bacteria.

Dentists at grandridgedental.net recommend that you floss regularly and drinks lots of water to prevent this from happening. Flossing removes detritus from between and around your teeth, where toothbrushing sometimes cannot reach them. Drinking lots of water keeps your mouth from getting dry, which can give you bad breath as well, and neutralize acidic substances from your last meal.

Unexpected Bad Breath Food

So which food products give you halitosis? Here are some possible culprits.

·       Peanut butter is very tasty, but it’s also very sticky, which makes it possible to adhere to your teeth for hours. It’s thick and pasty consistency make it challenging for your saliva to break it down and its protein-rich ingredients make it a feast for bacteria.
·       Oranges, lemons, and limes increase the acidity of your mouth if you eat enough of them, turning your mouth into a bacterial playground. If you suffer from acid reflux, this can exacerbate the problem.
·       Fish in cans are more exposed to air than fresh fish, which can oxidize them. This prolonged exposure also gives the fish time to react to other materials. Tuna and other fish also contain trimethylamines, a compound responsible for the distinct fishy odor.
·       Dairy products have amino acids which, when consumed by bacteria in your mouth, create a sulfurous chemical that give your breath a sour scent. Cheese particles can also be sticky, and chunks can get stuck between your teeth after eating.
·       Tomato-based sauces, like a lot of pasta sauces, have high acidity, which can have the same effect as citrus fruits to your breath.

Of course, keeping your mouth healthy means more than just keeping your breath fresh. Foster good dental hygiene practices, such as regular toothbrushing and flossing, to maintain healthy teeth and gums. And don’t forget to schedule appointments with your dentist at reasonable intervals. A healthy set of teeth and gums is the best defense against bad breath.

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