As you may know, mouth odour can be very embarrassing and offensive. There’s nothing worse than meeting someone and realizing that your breath smells like your tuna. Why there are many causes of bad breath’ did you know that certain foods can keep your mouth fresh?
This article will cover what the common causes are and how it can be managed, especially making use of some of the foods we eat.
WebMD which is one of my favorite and informative site, simply put it that Bad breath, medically called halitosis, can result from poor dental health habits and may be a sign of other health problems.
Not brushing and flossing your teeth after meals can keep food remnants in your mouth and between teeth. Bacteria will grow on these remnant, they decay and lead to bad odor coming out of your mouth. Also poor dental hygiene can cause good amount of bad bacteria to good ones.
For healthy individuals, food odors are temporary and normal salivary flow will eliminate them within several minutes. However, those who suffer from dry mouth can not escape bad mouth odour. So let us see some ways we can eliminate it with certain types of foods.
To get started, you may want to get rid of bad bacteria in your gut first. The first step towards this is to first eliminate foods that may make mouth odour worse by causing poor balance of bacteria in your gut.
- Use Antibiotics: They not only kill bad bacteria, but also destroy the beneficial organisms in your gut. This means that you have to replace the good/beneficial microorganisms after the antibiotic treatment. So, you only need to do this when absolutely necessary.
- Fermented Foods: The next step is to eat fermented foods such as such as cheese and yoghurt, fermented vegetables (including cabbage, turnips, eggplants, carrots), and fermented soy. These cultured foods have the ability of supplying your gut with billions of beneficial bacteria.
- Sugarless candies and gum. Any snack that increases saliva flow in your mouth, like sugar-free candy or gum, will help reduce odour in your mouth. The plant essential oil that’s often used for flavouring cinnamon gums and candies, known as cinnamic aldehyde, can reduce odour-causing bacteria.
- Wet your whistle with water. A dry mouth can make your breath pretty unbearable. In some ways, water acts like artificial saliva, since it can wash away those leftover bits of garlic bread. Keep a water bottle in your workspace your colleagues will likely thank you for it.
- Green tea. Green tea contains catechin, a powerful antioxidant that can fend off bacteria — remember, bacteria causes the unwanted odor.
Taking supplements should only be done to support or compensate for a nutritionally deficient diet, as you can mainly get the nutrients your body needs from the food you eat. Probiotic supplements are a great option if you don’t consume raw organic vegetables on a daily basis.