If your dental hygiene is great — you brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and clean your tongue — your bad breathe could be linked to your diet.
Certain foods can taint your breath for hours and contribute to dragon breath in other ways. Here are some of the culprits:
Garlic and onions. “Garlic and onions top the list when it comes to halitosis,” says Lisa Harper Mallonee, MPH, RD, associate professor at Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry.
That’s because the smelly sulfur compounds in garlic and onions linger in your mouth and are absorbed in the bloodstream and expelled when you exhale.
Coffee and alcohol. Coffee and alcoholic drinks create a favorable environment for oral bacterial growth. They also have a drying effect, which reduces saliva flow and allows foul-smelling bacteria to linger longer.
Several other foods – including dairy products, a diet heavy in meat, orange juice, and soda – sometimes get talked about as bad breath triggers. Mallonee says she doesn’t have “any sound scientific evidence” about that.
Paul Vankevich, DMD, an assistant professor at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, agrees. Any food or drink, he says, could briefly cause breath odor if it’s allowed to linger in the mouth. “This is insignificant and non-consequential,” Vankevich tells WebMD in an email. Brushing your mouth and your tongue gets your good breath back.
Pacific dental group recommend you to eat health, drink health, and keep a beautiful smile all the time.