1. Tea And Coffee

Some foods dehydrate the mouth which feeds the bacteria that causes bad breath. Unfortunately, it might be hard to completely avoid these foods – they can all be part of a healthy diet and many also add flavour to food. A diet that is perfect for your breath might not do much for the taste buds.

Tea and coffee both serve to dry out the mouth, reducing saliva, and they also have a strong, lingering smell in their own right. In Britain we drink 165 million cups of tea a day, enough to fill about 20 Olympic swimming pools!

Eradicating both from your diet would reduce the risk of bad breath, but the cull might not do much for your morning routine. Follow your morning cuppa with a glass of water – helping to rinse the mouth and also replenish moisture levels.

3. Garlic

Garlic does so much to make food taste better, adding depth of flavour to curries, pasta sauces and more; and yet it also is a constant cause of bad breath.

The smells from garlic linger and so it can impact breath long after you’ve eaten any meal it was contained within – indeed, garlic lingers to the extent that it can enter the bloodstream and exit through the lungs, which is why people sometimes have the feeling they are tasting garlic days after eating.

5. Onions

Onions are high in sulphurous compounds, when these compounds enter the bloodstream they lead to bad breath that comes from both the mouth and the lungs, this is why rigorous efforts to clean the mouth sometimes only tackle half the problem.

6. Canned Fish

Fish from a can might be a quick and easy lunch, but it is a meal choice that will most likely lead to bad breath.

Whilst in the can, the fish begins to oxidise and this creates the odour; this a smell that then clings to the mouth long after that lunch time snack.

8. Acidic foods

Fruits and vegetables that are highly acidic also create an environment those harmful bacteria love to exploit – this includes sauerkraut, tomatoes, blueberries and grapes.

Fruit and veg are essential to a healthy diet, and yet when these contain acid they can wreak havoc on oral health.

This highlights a key problem, the diet that is perfect for the mouth might not be perfect for overall health – it would be lacking in certain food stuffs and not delivering the balanced diet required.

How To Avoid Bad Breath

It is impractical to follow a diet that contains no foods capable of causing bad breath. But some simple tactics can help you avoid bad breath.

• Be aware of the problem foods. Pair those that may cause bad breath with those that counteract them – grabbing an apple after your morning coffee.

• Drink water, often.

• Have sugar free gum handy. Chewing gum helps to keep saliva levels up, but if the gum contains sugar you will also be feeding the bacteria.

Get persistent bad breath checked out by a dentist and your teeth regularly cleaned by your dental hygienist. Dentists see many patients who suffer from bad and they can check whether it is a symptom of something more troublesome than simply your diet. If bad breath is an indicator of gum problems, you want to act promptly to avoid the problem worsening, potentially into damaging periodontitis. A dental hygienist will not only help you in treating your bad breath, but equip you with tools and techniques to improve this while away from their chair.

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