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5 Foods And Drinks That Lead To Bad Morning Breath



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It’s not necessary to completely cut out these foods and drinks from your diet, but being mindful of their consumption can help reduce bad breath. Here are some foods and drinks that contribute to bad morning breath and why they have this effect.

Garlic and onions

Garlic and onions are rich in volatile sulfur compounds that, when ingested, can enter the bloodstream and be expelled through the lungs, affecting breathe quality. These compounds in these foods are also left to mingle in the mouth, where they can contribute to the bacterial feast that produces foul-smelling gases that reflect in bad breath.

Coffee and alcohol

Both coffee and alcohol have a drying effect on the mouth. Saliva cleanses the mouth and removes particles that can cause bad odours. A reduction in saliva production, known as dry mouth, creates an environment where bacteria can thrive, leading to bad morning breath.

 It is also important to know that the acidity of coffee can contribute to the multiplication of odor-causing bacteria.

Dairy products

Though an excellent source of calcium, dairy products in foods can also contribute to bad breath. The amino acids in milk and cheese can react with bacteria in the mouth, producing unpleasant sulfur compounds.

Protein-rich foods

High-protein foods can be harder for some people to digest, leading to the release of sulfurous gases during digestion that lead to bad breath. These gases can affect breath odour as they are expelled from the body.

Furthermore, the breakdown of protein in the mouth can feed bacteria, producing foul-smelling byproducts and contributing to morning breath.

Spicy foods

It is true that spicy foods are delicious, but they can contribute to bad breath in a couple of ways. First, they contain garlic and onions, which we’ve already identified as culprits.

Again, spicy foods can trigger acid reflux, especially when consumed in large quantities or close to bedtime. Acid reflux can bring stomach acids into the mouth, leading to a sour taste and bad breath in the morning.

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