food-habits-bad-breath.jpg Bad breath affects millions of people around the world. Most of the time, affected people are unaware of the problem themselves. Experts have suggested that the the foods consumed by people play an important role in bad breath. According to the American Dental Association, bad breath remains till the offending food item is eliminated from the body.

Food habits and Causes of Bad breath
a. Bad breath is caused by bacteria that breed beneath the surface of the tongue, throat and tonsils.
b. Certain food items stimulate the growth of anaerobic sulfur-producing bacteria that result is bad breath.
c. Foods like garlic, onions and curry can cause bad breath as they contain sulfur compounds.
d. Dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt contain proteins that cause breath problems.
e. Coffee is acidic and provides an environment where these bacteria can thrive.
f. Candy and gum that contain sugar feeds the bacteria.
g. Alcohol makes the mouth dry and allows the bacteria to breed.
h. Whey protein also contributes to bad breath as they contain high concentrations of amino acids that contain sulfur.

a. Drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water every day can help people with bad breath.
b. Tea also keeps the mouth fresh.
c. Foods like celery, cucumbers, grapes, zucchini and carrots have high water content and are a good option.
d. Juicy foods like watermelons and strawberries also ward off bacteria by encouraging saliva production.
e. Oxygenating mouthwash and toothpaste are another option that can be tried.
f. Using a tongue cleaner also helps eliminate bad breath.