Cure Bad Breath
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, one of the
most common misconceptions that many people have about bad
breath is that it’s caused by the foods you eat.
In actual fact, the number 1 cause of halitosis in
approximately 90% of all cases is bacteria that you have in
That said, there are however certain types of food that can
aggravate these bacteria and cause them to reproduce in
unusually high numbers. And it’s when this happens that
In this article we’ll firstly take a quick look at exactly how
these bacteria can cause your mouth to smell foul, before
examining which particular foods you should steer clear of if
you want your breath to smell fresh.
Eat In, Breathe Out!
In a nutshell, in regular amounts these bacteria play an
important role in your body’s digestive processes. They break
down the proteins contained in the foods you eat, as well as
helping your body to digest dead and diseased cells in your
When these bacteria come into contact with certain amino acids
found in proteins, by-products known as volatile sulphur
compounds are given off.
These sulphur compounds are absorbed firstly into your body’s
digestive system, then into your bloodstream where they are
carried to your lungs. The lungs then expel them from your body
via the air that you exhale (although they are also sometimes
excreted in your sweat and urine).
Normally the smell given off by these sulphur compounds is
relatively unnoticeable. But when you have unusually large
amounts of bacteria present in your mouth, higher levels of
sulphur compounds are created as a result and bad breath is
often a common side-effect.
So What Foods Cause These Bacteria To Multiply?
Generally speaking, there are 4 main categories of foods which
can stimulate these oral bacteria.
1. High Protein Foods
As you might expect, the more protein you eat, the more
bacteria are needed to break it down, and the more sulphur
compounds are released.
Foods which are fairly high in protein include red meat,
chicken, fish and eggs as well as dairy products such as milk,
cheese and yoghurt.
2. Acidic Foods
Eating too many acidic foods can upset your body’s natural pH
balance. This is particularly important from a bad breath point
of view as too much acid in your mouth can cause the bacteria
Therefore, if you want to get rid of halitosis you should avoid
drinking excessive amounts of citrus juices (e.g. grapefruit,
orange and pineapple juices) as well as tomato juice.
And try to go easy on your daily coffee intake - both the
regular and decaf varieties contain acids that create the ideal
breeding ground for even more bacteria.
3. Foods High In Sugars
The 3rd category of foods that cause bad breath are those which
are especially high in sugars.
In addition to stimulating the bacteria, eating too many high
sugar foods can lead to plaque build up, in turn leading to
tooth decay, cavities and gum disease which in themselves can
also cause bad breath.
So as much as you might be tempted to suck on some mints or
chew some gum to make your breath smell fresher, don’t! They’ll
only leave a minty taste in your mouth for a very short time
and aren’t any good at actually getting rid of halitosis.
4. Dessicants - i.e. drying agents
Saliva is one of the most important weapons in keeping your
mouth bacteria in check.
The bacteria positively thrive in a dry environment so try to
ensure an adequate supply of saliva by drinking approximately 8
glasses of water a day.
Try to keep your alcohol intake to a minimum as alcohol is a
notorious dessicant and can quickly dehydrate you. This
includes drinks as well as foods which contain alcohol.
Why Garlic Will Keep More Than Just Vampires Away!
As well as the 4 categories above, spicy foods such as curries
as well as pungent foods like garlic and onions can also have a
pretty negative impact on the quality of your breath.
That’s because they contain odorous molecules known as
mercaptans which are actually sulphur compounds in
And cabbage is another food that causes bad breath for the same
Why Brushing Your Teeth Properly Is Absolutely Essential If You
Want To Beat Bad Breath For Good
While you can limit the production of sulphur compounds by
eating a well-balanced diet and avoiding excessive quantities
of the foods listed above, it’s also absolutely crucial that
you clean your teeth and whole mouth properly.
Leftover food trapped between your teeth can rot and ferment
and provides a rich source for the bacteria to feed on, causing
more and more sulphur compounds to be released.
Most of us don’t brush our teeth for nearly long enough, nor
know the very best way to do it to keep bad breath at bay.
This helpful report we found online shows you exactly how to
clean your teeth and mouth properly, as well as information on
the other different factors that can aggravate bacteria and a
simple step-by-step guide which has been proven to get rid of
bad breath - permanently.
As you can see, what you eat can have a pretty big impact on
how your mouth smells. However, if you’ve made the necessary
dietary changes but still don’t see any improvement in your
condition, you may need to consider the other factors that can
also stimulate the bacteria that cause bad breath.
See our bad breath report for
a system that guarantees to cure your bad breath
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