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Can what I eat and drink cause bad breath?

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Yes. What you eat and drink can cause bad breath. Foods are absorbed into your bloodstream and move to the lungs, affecting the air your exhale. Brushing or using mouthwash can briefly mask the odor. But it lasts until the culprit is no longer in your body. Common offenders include:

Also, dieters who may be eating too infrequently can also experience bad breath.

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Cheese
  • Pastrami
  • Certain spices
  • Orange juice or soda
  • Alcohol

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: "Bad Breath (Halitosis)."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Halitosis: Overview."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 3, 2018

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: "Bad Breath (Halitosis)."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Halitosis: Overview."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 3, 2018

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