Is Your Diet Responsible For Your Bad Breath?

Is Your Diet Responsible For Your Bad Breath?

Over 50% of the American population is reported to have continuous bad breath and bitter taste in the mouth. It is well-known fact that oral treatment and hygiene is the most neglected area of the overall body’s health.

Bacterial infections and build is the main reason behind the perpetual occurring of bad breath or halitosis. The cause of the bacteria attacks can differ in people and is linked mostly to lifestyles and food intake.

Specific types of food can contribute to the regularity of bad breath. You might have noticed that eating garlic, pickles or food products with particular flavors can leave behind a sour taste and eventually give you bad breath.

Usually, both the taste and smell can be cured with a mint or brushing. However, in the cases where bad breath occurs on a daily basis, such remedies and go to solutions might not work or have a temporary effect.

Chronic bad breath can often be an indicator by the body of some undiagnosed, serious issue. Yeast and fungal attacks can be a prime example of complications causing bad breath which can worsen and affect the oral health severely if not treated.

Candida overgrowth, dental issues, and fungus attacks may be the problem sometimes in cases of bad breath but mostly it is the daily habits and diet especially in children and young adults.

It is important to note and treat such a condition for most of the people as it can bring public embarrassment and give an extremely unpleasant taste in the mouth.

What Causes such a Condition?

You might have heard the digestion and the gut ‘doing its job’ as excuses from people having bad breath repeatedly. Many of the people still believe mouth odor and taste originate in the gut, especially when something that is not common in the daily intake is eaten.

To an extent, the taste of the mouth might have a link with the digestive process. Acidity in the stomach or any similar condition can typically leave behind a sour taste in the mouth.

However, the bitter taste following a repugnant smell is not associated with anything in the digestive tract.

Bad breath, in reality, originates from the throat, tonsils, and backside of the tongue. This is because the bacterial growths that release the sulfur compound are found in the largest number in these places.

These compounds come from the food taken and stay from 12-24 hours in the places depending on the oral hygiene of the person.

Continuous bad breath or chronic bad breath can be a result of other health issues that might not be completely related to the type of food taken.

For example, gum disease and tooth decay can often produce repugnant odor in the mouth. Therefore, a person with a poor oral hygiene is more likely to have a bad breath.

The morning bad breath is because of distinctive reasons. Eating before sleeping is not recommended by doctors. Keeping a 2-3 hour margin is always suggested. One of the effects of eating before bed is bad breath.

The bacteria in the mouth get dry overnight due to inactivity in the mouth. At this time, these bacteria become more active.

This is why people having a dry mouth are also at risk of having dental issues. In addition, eating before sleeping releases more sulfur compounds and worsens the breath. As a consequence, you wake up with a bad breath.

You might have noticed sometimes you can get a bad breath after a meal. There are in fact, particular foods that are advised not to take before bed or functions to avoid any chances of having a bad breath. Some of the food that causes bad breath are

  • Garlic and Onions
    These are foods that are the worst for your breath. Meals that have a lot of cooked onion and garlic in any form including pastes can contribute to bacterial build-up and bad breath in a short period of time after consumption.Secondly, raw forms of onion and ginger in salads are no different. Avoid these foods, and add them in moderation regardless of the form in meals and salads to reduce repugnant smells.


    Is Your Diet Responsible For Your Bad Breath?

  • Sticky candies and gums
    Bad breath in children in common due to the high consumption of foods that stick to the teeth and gums such as toffees, caramel, jellies. These foods lead to rapid decay in teeth, giving off a bad smell.
    Sticky foods should also be avoided due to their connection with increased chances of a fungal attack. In cases where the foods remain on teeth, a bacterial overgrowth or yeast infection is more likely to occur.
  • High trans-fat food
    These food take a long time to digest and pass through the digestive system. High trans-fat food is usually deep fried can comes with fats that are harmful to the teeth and gums. In addition, they contribute to bad cholesterol and are generally bad for overall health.
  • Sugar and sweetened products
    Sugar is the worst enemy of gums and teeth enamel. In the majority of the tooth decay, sugar is the main culprit, especially in teenager and children. Use as less sugar as possible whether the meal is for an adult or child.
    It is difficult to avoid sugar as most of the beverages contain sugar. Avoid juices and carbonated drinks as much as possible as they contain the highest amount of sugar and most people choose not to brush teeth after having them.

What are ways in which bad breath can be treated?

Bad breath can be treated in very simple ways without buying any expensive products and fancy mouthwashes that guarantee instant relief. Some of the few changes that can help in avoiding a bad breath are:

Leaving grains and sugar

This simple step is one of the most effective ways a bad breath can be treated. In addition, following it can cure the serious causes such as candida and yeast infections that lead to unpleasant odors and dental issues.

Cut out processed sugars and grains completely for two weeks and add a few foods containing low or moderate levels of both gradually. Infections in the mouth usually feed on sugary and grain laden products. The fastest results can be seen by doing this step.

Secondly, this will also promote good health as it brings other benefits such as losing weight.

Oil and supplements

Probiotic supplements can do wonders in treating bad breath. Doses of supplements can be combined with certain foods such as high protein, alkaline food that are also good for overall health along with bad breath problems.

Essential oils such as peppermint oil can be added to toothpaste or consumed directly for instant results. Add 2-3 drops to your brush or under your tongue for a better taste and smell.

Stay hydrated

Bacterial growth in the mouth in doubled with a dry mouth. This is what happens overnight that causes people to have an unlikely odor in the morning. Dry mouths and dehydration are linked to frequent bad breath cases.

Consume more water, especially in summers and if you are involved in any work that has requires a lot of talking or social interactions. It is recommended that you drink 8 ounces of water to fulfill your daily requirement.


Is Your Diet Responsible For Your Bad Breath?

How much time can it take?

Since you can immediately make these changes, effects are expected to show on the very next day. Letting go of sugar and fried food may be hard for some people, but other steps are easy to follow.

Note if your smell does not go away and perpetually stays, visit a doctor as your infection may be too severe to be cured with these steps and you may require a prescribed medication with them.

Andrea White

As a graduate of Public Health and Policy, Andrea developed an interest in disease development, food and safety and the latest advancements in health. She is a Freelance writer who had affiliations with multiple blogs. Andrea is now pursuing her post-doctorate in Behavioral Sciences.

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