Bad breath is embarrassing, and there’s no way around that. It can make you self-conscious, make you keep a safe distance between yourself and other people, and make you feel like everybody around can smell your mouth. But if you’re suffering from bad breath, there’s good news: most often it can be controlled with good oral hygiene and avoiding certain foods and beverages.

Foods to Avoid to Prevent Bad Breath


Strong smelling foods are great, and this includes everything from spicy pizza to pungent curry dishes to oniony sandwiches, but many of these foods can actually lead to bad breath. Aromatic foods like onion and garlic are especially bad for causing ripe breath, and avoiding these foods can drastically improve your breath. Other food products you should avoid if you want to minimize bad breath include:


  • Coffee
  • Alcohol
  • Sugar*
  • Tobacco products (not a food, but this can still lead to terrible breath)
  • Spicy foods


A fresh breath tip: Along with avoiding these foods, you can also encourage better breath by eating a healthy and balanced diet, drinking water when you’re thirsty and avoiding crash and low-carb diets, both of which can contribute to bad breath.


*Although there are many products like gum and mints that are marketed as solutions for bad breath, these products usually contain sugar, which means they can actually cause bad breath instead of resolving it. Instead of using breath fresheners, opt for sugar-free alternatives, alcohol-free mouthwash, or brushing your teeth.

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Stop Bad Breath In Its Tracks with Good Dental Hygiene Habits


Diet, however, is only one part of the equation, and when you want to do away with bad breath for good, it’s crucial that you adopt good oral hygiene practices. This includes brushing at least twice daily (including your tongue, gums, and the roof of your mouth, flossing once a day, changing your toothbrush every four months (at least), cleaning your dentures properly, rinsing with alcohol-free mouthwash regularly, and visiting Dr. Roberts every 6 to 12 months for checkups and professional cleaning at Adams Dental Group.

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When to Talk to Your Dentist


While foods and beverages are the most common causes of bad breath, there are other potential causes as well. If good dental hygiene hasn’t resolved your bad breath, you may want to discuss the problem with Dr. Roberts. There are health issues and medications that can cause bad breath, and you want to rule out any underlying medical conditions, such as:


  • Metabolic disorders
  • Gum disease
  • Cancer and cancer medications
  • Infections
  • GERD
  • Dry mouth
  • Cavities and tooth decay

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Nobody wants to deal with bad breath, but it’s important to realize that there are simple things you can do to get your breath under control. Some of the most important things include avoiding the foods that can cause bad breath in the first place, and also cultivating good oral hygiene habits. With the right diet and the proper dental health practices, you can have fresh breath that will leave you smiling and self-confident for the rest of your life.



Local dentist, Travis A. Roberts and his experienced, friendly team at Adams Dental Group offer affordable family dentistry and gentle dental care in the Kansas City, KS area. We have two locations that are conveniently located and offer appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At Adams Dental Group, we provide most dental services, from family and general dentistry to specialty procedures, including dental implants, dentures, endodontic or root canal treatment, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Call us at our West location (913) 296-8030 or our East location (913) 621-3113 to schedule an appointment.

September 18th, 2018

Posted In: Dental Health Tips