Bad breath/Halitosis is one of the many oral diseases that we should be careful about because it does not only affect our hygiene but also personal relationships with people. If you have halitosis, the tendency of other people is to stay away from you does damaging your interpersonal relationships. However, it would be easier to avoid halitosis if we knew what types of food can calls the said condition. Many types of food can produce bad breath. The main reason for this is that certain foods are metabolized by digestive enzymes faster than others are. If the food were easily metabolized, bacteria would have a greater chance of infesting it faster. Some of these Foods are as follows.


Because of the small components of this food, enzymes have an easier time breaking the substances down and therefore letting the bacteria dwell and consume the remnants of the food. These bacteria will therefore cause halitosis if they stayed inside the mouth for a prolonged period.

Dairy Products 

Easily digested food can also produce halitosis. Milk products can also be easily digested and therefore invite all the bacteria and foreign entities inside your body. Dairy when it becomes rotten produces a foul smelling odor. Imagine digested dairy inside your body for a few days, the fumes will surely rise up to your mouth and produce an awful smell if you do not brush your teeth regularly.

Alcohol Based Products

It is common knowledge that alcohol based products specifically barley tends to produce an unpleasant smell when crushed to produce beer. This is why beer does not smell that good. If you drink beer for a long time and on a regular basis, it is inevitable to happen that you will gain halitosis. Given this, you should also be careful about the mouthwash you use. Some mouthwashes have a certain percentage of alcohol in them.

Sulfuric Foods

Foods rich in sulfur such as onions and garlic will certainly produce a foul odor once you chew on them. This is because of the chemical composition of sulfur within the food that reacts with your saliva and therefore produces an unpleasant smell.


Another major cause of halitosis that you should avoid is smoking. Cigarettes have chemical based substances that can affect your dental hygiene and therefore produce bad breath if you continue with the having.

These are just some of the foods that can cause halitosis. Now that we know some of the food types that can cause bad breath, it is now important to find out how we can prevent halitosis from happening entirely.

Ways to Prevent Halitosis

1. Great Oral Hygiene

The most effective way of avoiding halitosis is to have healthy oral hygiene. You have to brush your teeth every day and flossing as well to prevent food particles from ever being caught in between your teeth. The use of a mouthwash or she can also help prevent halitosis.

2. Avoid the Above Mentioned Foods As Much As Possible

If you do your best to avoid the aforementioned types of food, you will surely achieve your goal of having the precious breath that you can ever possibly imagine.

3. Eating Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables have juices that can naturally make the breath fresh. If you eat these kinds of food on a regular basis, you will definitely have no problems with halitosis ever again.

Aside from the above-mentioned ways, regular visits to the dentists can aid you in avoiding halitosis. They can give you advice as to how to take care of your teeth and oral hygiene in general.

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 20 - December - 2012, at 23:46 PM

  • Hi Cady,Bad breath is caused by excess bacteria that grows in your mouth and excretes waste.Thus, I would suggest to be a little more rigorous in your brushing, twice a day for two minutes, flossing, and using a tongue scrapper.Dairy products in general have been known to cause horrible breath because of the proteins in them and also it having a habit of thickening up your mucus in your nose or throat. So, it's hard to avoid if you enjoy your dairy products, but I do suggest the cleaning methods above, as it will greatly help and reduce your bad breath! Hope this helps!

  • Cladister

    Cladister 20 - December - 2012, at 23:06 PM

  • When I eat foods like cheese, my breath stinks really bad afterwards. I've tried mints but it doesn't really help.. What's going on? Anything I can do? thanks...

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