In the words of a 19th century German philosopher, ‘man is what he eats’’ ages later, this adage still holds true. Your diet would always be the manifestation of who you are, especially your health—more specifically, your oral health.
Bad breath, for instance, is a solid proof of the profound effects of food. While you are bound to breathe out a pungent odour at some point (regardless of your hygiene), the most common causes of bad breath are the things you eat or drink—or the lack of them.
Gulping Large Amounts of Alcohol
Anyone who has been drunk knows the sour taste of the following morning after drinking—that’s the legion of bacteria in your tongue. Alcohol is a notorious drying agent, which discourages your production of saliva and therefore sets the stage for rapid bacterial growth. Imagine your mouth not cleansing itself overnight; you could just think how your tongue could suddenly become a breeding ground for bad breath-causing organisms.
Skipping the Most Important Meal
Your schedule is busy, you need to leave home early to beat the morning rush, you’d just have a brunch so you’d do more at work. Guess what, oral malodour has already happened and you did not even notice it.
No breakfast means no fresh breath. Even if you brush and floss to start your day, they are not enough to keep your mouth from smelling unpleasant. Eating (anything) tells your salivary glands to go work and scrubs the surface of your tongue, cleaning your mouth in the process.
Now that’s another sensible reason to have breakfast.
Veering Away from GERD Symptom–Inducing Foods
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition that comprises chronic cough, chest pain and indigestion. In addition, its symptoms could lead to bad breath as well. A few diet changes lets you hit two birds with one stone; avoiding coffee, onions, garlic, citrus fruits, chocolate and tomato products helps calm your tummy and keep your mouth fresh.
Bad breath is almost inevitable, but usually manageable. Just being mindful of your diet and eating patterns can single-handedly defeat halitosis.