Where does bad breath come from?
Gum disease, tooth decay, or even your tongue can be a source of bad breath. Bacteria feed in the mouth, and this can produce unpleasant odors. Many foods and drinks can increase your chance of having bad breath, such as:
- Cookies, cakes, or anything sugary, which will fuel the bacteria
- Foods with high protein like meat, chicken, and fish
- Acidic drinks and foods, which speed up bacteria reproduction (so be aware of coffee and citrus intake)
- Anything that contains alcohol, from your evening cocktail to even alcohol-containing mouthwashes, which dry your mouth and help the bacteria thrive