Bad Breath – Foods to Avoid and the Reasons Behind

Were you aware that there are certain foods that may result in bad breath?

For instance, if food sits out too long it will spoil. That spoiling action is a result of anaerobic bacteria breaking down proteins in that particular food. In milk, the odor of sour milk is caused by relatives of the bugs that create bad breath when they break down fats in the milk (and basically in most dairy foods). A reaction takes place where ‘the bad breath bugs’ extract sulfur compounds from the amino acids in these proteins. Specifically, the amino acid Cysteine is converted to Hydrogen Sulfide (which has a rotten egg odor ) and Methionine becomes Methyl Mercaptan (which smells like a cross between old socks and garlic). The same analogy applies to meat if it stays out too long.

Everyone understands that onions and garlic will create bad breath. But do you understand why? It is because the odorous molecules in onions and garlic are sulfur chemicals themselves called Mercaptans. Sulfur is nature’s way of producing odors. You are all familiar with the skunk. Its odor is created by a defense and/or attack mechanism. Skunk odor is made up of skatoles, which can be naturally occurring sulfur compounds. In a similar fashion, germs in your mouth generates the volatile sulfur compounds of terrible breath and taste disorders.

There are 4 food categories that will result in an increase in sulfur generation because these groups have a stimulating effect on the bacteria which cause bad breath: Drying Agents

2. Dense Protein Foods

3. Sugars Acidic Foods

Let’s look carefully at each one of these food groups and the way they stimulate bad breath!

The most common drying agent in foods is alcohol. Alcohol, of course, is that the basis of all”adult” beverages like wine, beer, and hard liquor. It’s also used, sadly, in many types of mouthwash, you find in the grocery stores, which only makes a bad breath problem worse.

Alcohol, known as a desiccant, is used quite often in laboratories to”dry out” difficult to reach areas in test tubes and beakers. The same end result takes place in the nasal cavity.

Although cigarettes aren’t really smoking, food is probably the fastest way to dry out your mouthwith alcohol being the next. If you smoke, then you’re bound to have bad breath! Bay Dental Group


Dairy foods are renowned for producing bad breath. An article that appeared in the”Los Angeles Times” once noted that over 50% of the populace in Southern California had been”lactose intolerant”. With regards to bad breath, a number of these individuals (numbering in the tens of millions) end up using more compact proteins available as poor breath gas for the bacteria than individuals who have no issue with dairy foods like milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc.. The end result is a buildup of amino acids, which are easily converted to volatile sulfur compounds from the anaerobic bacteria found inside the surface of your tongue and throat.

To a lesser extent, individuals have the same problem with different kinds of food that are regarded as dense in protein such as beef, chicken, and fish.

Another problem, thankfully infrequent, has to do with people who have an inability to break down certain proteins present in beans. This problem is called TMA (Trimethylaminuria) and is sometimes known as the”Fish Odor Syndrome,” because the odor generated is similar to decaying fish. Individuals with this condition must abstain from beans and other types of food which are dense in protein.


Wouldn’t it be great if we could get rid of bad breath by chewing on M&Ms? Or suppose the treatment for bad breath were Hershey Kisses?

That is what the manufacturers of Altoids would have you believe. Altoids, along with other products of the same ilk are trying to fool the public into thinking that a strong”good” taste in the mouth is equal to the”freshness” of your breath. That is indeed anti-scientific it’s absurd! If you consider it for a minute, it really doesn’t make any sense.

By utilizing concentrated mint flavorings, your taste buds pick up mint for a taste. But, Altoids comprises two sorts of sugar that again, are a fuel for the bacteria to replicate and produce more sulfur chemicals – thus bad breath. In addition, the frightening part is that other bacteria may remove the sugars and create glycan strands, which then wind up causing thick layers of plaque on the tooth of your teeth and around your teeth. This leads to tooth decay and gum disease – and you guessed it worse breath than you started with!

As you can’t smell your own breath, then you just go merrily along with this great strong mint flavor in your mouth, while others close to you are backing away – backing away from the increased bad breath, decayed teeth, and gross, swollen, bleeding gums!

Stay away from candies, mints, and chewing gum if they contain sugar!

Foods with a high acidic content are a issue too. PH is an expression used to describe the acidity of a environment. The oral cavity includes a typical pH of 6.5 (7 is considered neutral). A few of the foods that you should watch out for our coffee and lots of citrus juices. Acids are contained by both regular and decaffeinated coffee. But, tea is fine. One of the citrus juices, the ones with the highest acidic content include tomato juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, and grapefruit juice.

We all know that acids create the bacteria replicate much faster. In order to decrease the generation of odorous sulfur compounds, the acid environment has to be neutralized.

What can you learn from all this? Avoiding foods that lead to, or even cause, bad breath is essential if you would like to have clean fresh breath. While this is a difficult undertaking, being aware of those halitosis-causing elements is the initial step in creating confidence in your breath. In addition, it is important to use oral care products which are free of alcohol, sugar, which have a high pH level.

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