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Does Your Breath Smell Bad? You Are What You Eat.

Posted On March 12, 2013

Food and drink are a common cause of bad breath, from alcohol and garlic, to onions and coffee and beyond.

Bad breath can occur in two ways: it can occur due to the build-up of bacteria in the mouth and it can waft up from the stomach and esophagus. The bacteria convert amino acids and other compounds into sulfur compounds, which can cause a very strong bad breath odor.

Drinks and food that cause bad breath typically fall into four basic categories:

  • Acidic – Acidic foods and drinks like coffee, citrus fruits and juices from citrus fruits can cause bacteria to reproduce at a much faster rate.
  • Proteins – Foods that are high in protein like meat, eggs, milk and dairy products tend to leave behind amino acids, which are then converted into sulfur compounds — the cause of some of the worst bad breath odors.
  • Sugar – Sugar-filled foods such as candy and mints can lead to bad breath since the sugars “feed” bacteria, thereby promoting bacteria growth and resulting in a layer of plaque on your teeth. While mints can mask bad breath in the short term, in the long term they can actually make bad breath worse since they’re “feeding” the bacteria that cause the odor.
  • Dehydrating Foods and Drinks – Food and drinks that cause dehydration, such as alcohol and caffeine are known to reduce the amount of saliva in your mouth. Saliva contains enzymes and properties that can combat bad breath-causing bacteria. In short, these dehydrating substances tend to wipe out your mouth’s natural defenses against bad breath.

So whenever you eat one of these foods or drinks, be sure to tend to your bad breath!

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Don’t leave others running for cover due to your bad breath! Combat bad breath from food and drink with a Got Fresh Breath mouthwash dispenser today.

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