You sit in the office of the meeting, when something catches your attention. It's the girl from accounting, which sits next to you. You understand that during dinner she ate onions, and did not even realize that a piece of onion in pita bread, which she ate an hour ago, at a meeting makes people slowly push their chairs away.
Halitosis - more common than you think.
According to Dr. Harold Katz (Harold Katz), a third of the world's population suffers from bad breath and some even do not know about.
"Because you can not smell your own breath," he said, adding that the brain gets used to the smell - a process called acclimation.
Katz - Founder respiratory clinic in California, argues that the food you eat has a direct impact on what the smell coming from your mouth.
According to the American Dental Association, odor is present as long as the food will not be removed from the body. Thus, from the moment when you eat a slice of garlic bread rolls, this piece enters the bloodstream, and then transferred to the lungs, and then output - all the while you will exude the smell.
Obviously, things like garlic, onions and curry may affect breathing immediately, as they contain sulfur compounds - they are the cause of bad breath. But, says Katz, there are less obvious sources of odor, because of which your breathing can make everyone leave the room.
Bacteria in the mouth
What an unpleasant smell coming from the stomach - a myth. Almost always the cause of the odor are bacteria that live under the tongue, in the throat and under the amygdala. Some products may be an indirect cause of the smell, because they provide fuel anaerobic bacteria that produce sulfur and the source of the odor.
The reason may also serve as a foods such as milk, cheese and yogurt.
"They contain proteins that these nasty bacteria use as fuel for the allocation of smell».
For fresh breath and it is important that you drink.
Coffee - it is an acid liquid and bacteria love acidic environment, because in it they multiply rapidly.
Candy and chewing gum containing sugar are also a source of problems, because the bacteria feed on sugar. Drinks for adults Katz does not recommend, because alcohol dries the mouth, allowing bacteria to multiply.
Those who follow the potreblinemymi calories should exercise caution.
"When you're on a diet, the amount of saliva is reduced, and with it reduced and the natural protection," says Katz. And when the body begins to decompose accumulated fats, it can also cause bad breath.
We know that this problem often occurs in bodybuilders because they potreblinyut lot of whey protein, which helps them build muscle. This protein contains high concentrations of amino acids, which in turn contain a large amount of sulfur.
"If you stick to high-protein diets, bacteria decompose the amino acids in the proteins, causing an unpleasant smell».
Water washes away the bad odor
Katz argues that the best remedy for unpleasant odors - to drink six to eight glasses of water a day. Tea also helps.
Saliva is a natural means of maintaining fresh breath.
"Saliva contains oxygen, which is the natural enemy of anaerobic bacteria," he says. "The more saliva, the fresher your breath».
Helps and foods containing a lot of water: celery, cucumbers, grapes, zucchini and carrots. Juicy foods, such as watermelon and strawberries, also helps protect against bacteria, because it stimulates the production of saliva.
If you can not resist the garlic, onions and other "odorous" food, then rinse your mouth with a special solution, saturated with oxygen, and brush your teeth.
According to Katz, oxygen compounds contained in mouthwash and toothpaste, are connected to the sulfur compounds and produce odorless compounds.
Mouthwashes containing alcohol, do not provide the desired result, because the dried mouth.
Breakfast is set
Katz recommends eating breakfast every day. He says that people who skip breakfast, runs the risk of unpleasant odor, because the morning meal immediately stimulates the production of saliva.
"When you sleep, saliva is not produced, so the mouth just opened a factory for the production of sulfur, which works within 7-8 hours, because there is no saliva, no oxygen to fight bacteria».
And from the very first visit your dentist says: brushing your teeth is a perfect protection. The food collects between the teeth, on the tongue and around the gums. Then she begins to rot, exuding an unpleasant smell.
Because of the food you will not smell bad forever. "As soon as the saliva, most fresh breath is restored," says Katz.