7 Surprising Foods That Give You Bad Breath

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Nov 27, 2014

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One of the most common causes of bad breath is the food we eat. Take a look at some surprising food options that can make your mouth smelly.
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    Foods that Make for the Worst Breath

    One of the most common causes of bad breath is the food we eat. Some foods make it comfortable for the bacteria to reside in your mouth. These produce sulphur compounds that cause bad breath (halitosis). It is important to practice good oral hygiene on a daily basis to keep bad breath away, which involves brushing of teeth twice a day, and flossing once after each meal to remove the debris, but also to keep check on foods for the same. Halitosis can result from certain health conditions if it persists for long. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Coffee has been one of the world's most loved beverages. It is known as a beverage that gives energising start to your day and relieves stress. Coffee smells awesome. But, the smell changes as soon as it hits your mouth. The acidity and natural enzymes in it combine with your saliva, neutralizing the acid in your stomach and as a result, sent some gastric acids to the tongue to make your mouth smelly. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Candies, Mints and Chewing Gum

    Most foods that contain sugar, particularly candies, mints and chewing gum, can make your breath smell bad. This is because of the reason that the bacteria that cause bad breath use sugars as super fuel. Moreover, the sugar in these foods stimulates bad breath bacteria and produces more offensive sulphur compounds. If you are using fruit flavourings to mask your bad breath, you may be making your breath smell worse. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Sauce, Ketchup and Pickles

    Not only sauce, ketchup and pickles, but many other acidic beverages or foods can give you bad breath. The acidic foods can make bacteria reproduce much faster. Among other acidic beverages or foods that cause bad breath are tomato juice, all citrus juices, sodas, fatty meats, olives, butter and chocolate. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Dairy Products

    Foods with dense protein, such as milk and other dairy products are stink bombs. Among other dense protein foods include eggs, nuts, seeds, beans and lentils can give you bad breath. These food sources stimulate the sulphur-producing bacteria which cause bad breath. Milk and milk products are highly likely to cause bad breath in those with lactose intolerance owing to the greater build-up of proteins during digestion. This is also because the protein is easily broken down into odorous, sulphur compounds by the bad breath bacteria. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Meat gives you protein in plenty. Too much of protein can lead to complications, one of them being bad breath. When you consume more protein than what your body requires, our body responds by breaking protein down into carbohydrates for immediate fuel production. The process in which ammonia breaks down can worsen your breath. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Almost all of the drying agents can cause bad breath. Alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine and whiskey stimulate the bacteria in the gut and extract the odorous, sulphur compounds from amino acids in the proteins. These drinks suck the water out from not only your brain and body but also from your mouth. As a result, saliva production is affected and your mouth smells awful. If you are using a mouthwash that has alcohol as one of the ingredients, you might be making your bad breath worse. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Tuna Sandwiches

    The tuna sandwich, which to you is lip-smacking, can cause bad odour in your mouth. As the food starts oxidizing in the mouth, the canning process makes the case worse. If tuna is packed in extra virgin olive oil, it is less smelly. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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