You probably know there are certain foods that cause bad breath, but do you know why they do? Today, we take a look at a few of the top culprits for bad breath and explore why they’re so prone to pushing people away. :) Happy eating!

4 Foods that Cause Bad Breath… and Cost You Friends

1) Garlic and onions

This one’s pretty obvious, but do you know why garlic and onions are so dangerous when it comes to bad breath? It’s because both contain heavy amounts of smelly sulfur chemical compounds. These compounds not only cycle through your digestive system; they are quickly absorbed in the bloodstream and the body expels them every time you exhale.

2) Coffee and alcohol

Alcohol and bad breathSure, coffee can wreak havoc on your teeth, but it can also really stink up your breath! Coffee and alcohol both do the same thing: dry your mouth out. When that happens, your mouth’s saliva factory slows its production way down. Without that saliva to stop it, bacteria in your mouth take root and get comfortable. When it comes to alcohol, liqueurs and mixed drinks have the greatest tendency to be unpleasant afterward.

3) Sugary foods

Candy causes bad breathBad breath is most often caused by the build-up of bacteria in the mouth. But what does bacteria need to be able to make your mouth its home? Two things: food and shelter. Sugary foods like sticky candies, soda, and even some flavored breath mints (go figure!) can cause bad breath. How? By providing bacteria plenty of easily-accessible food. That’s part of why it’s so critical that you brush your teeth immediately after drinking soda.

4) Foods that get stuck in your teeth.

Caramel corn causes bad breathWhat is the second thing that bacteria need to be able to take root in your mouth? A shelter! And foods that get stuck in your mouth like popcorn, caramel, and seaweed all do just that. When these foods are stuck between your teeth, the mouth’s natural faucet (salivary glands and saliva) can’t sufficiently rinse out the mouth and stop bacteria from taking root. For this reason, it’s important to floss after eating foods that tend to get stuck in your teeth.

There you go– just a few of the surprising culprits of bad breath. Stay tuned for next week’s installment on the Walden Dentistry blog: Foods that Cure Bad Breath! You’ll be surprised how easy it is to incorporate a few simple ingredients into your diet to beat bad breath in its tracks.