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help please! what eating habits leads to bad breath?

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Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Dentistry 32 years experience
See your dentist: Sources: gut, plaque (germs), pus (infection), cavities (rotting tooth). See your dentist to find the reason for yours. Until then: avoid foods that cause it (garlic, onions, certain spices); floss and brush your teeth (every night); use listerine (essential oils help), and cut out the sugar habit to minimize further decay (note--i didn't say "eliminate" decay).
Dr. Barry Levin
Periodontics 27 years experience
Many: Obvious offenders are foods containing garlic& onion. Other foods like spicy and acidic foods can result in indigestion, leading to bad breath. Sticky foods, which may adhere to your teeth require brushing/flossing to prevent them from breaking down in the mouth and plaque accumulation as well. Proper oral hygiene after meals & regular dental/medical check ups can help treat &/or prevent this.
Dr. Jack Binder
Specializes in Dentistry
2 causes: Halitosis (bad breath) can come from your mouth especially if you don't keep it clean. It can also be caused by foods you eat that release volatile oils via your lungs, like garlic and onions.

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Last updated Feb 15, 2020

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