It may seem unfair, but some of the most savory foods are also among the most common causes of bad breath. Overindulging in these treats often leaves individuals with offensive breath that can be extremely difficult to eliminate. Avoiding powerful foods may be a major part of staying halitosis-free.
Meghan Oswald, an Ohio-based dental student, recently wrote in the Bayport-Blue Point Patch that food is absorbed into the bloodstream after eating. When an individual has eaten onions, garlic or curry, the smell of these foods travels through the bloodstream and into the lungs, where it is then exhaled, resulting in halitosis.
"The phrase 'you are what you eat' is especially true when it comes to your breath," she wrote. "So try to avoid these foods if you don’t want bad breath."
She added that traditional gums and mints only cover up the problem without addressing the source of the odor.
Instead, some experts recommend specialty breath freshening products. These toothpastes and mouthwashes attack halitosis at its source. Some of these foods can stay in the bloodstream for up to 24 hours, so being sure to eliminate the bad breath it causes may be key.