Posts Tagged ‘valentines day bad breath’

Aphrodisiacs Foods May Lead to Unromantic Breath

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Are you planning a romantic Valentine’s Day with your sweetie? A scrumptious dinner perhaps? There are a few foods that are well known to increase the libido, but may also serve up a side of bad breath. This doesn’t mean that you need to skip the aphrodisiacs for a plainer meal, just be aware of their possible links to unromantic breath and do you best to prevent it.

Oysters – a food at the top of the aphrodisiac list, oysters (and most shellfish) are known to have an unpleasant odor with it. While they taste divine, the smell may take remain in your mouth if you don’t take care to freshen your breath after your meal. The food particles may linger, resulting in halitosis.

Garlic and Figs – these foods that are known to increase sex drive have been linked to bad breath, as we have discussed in previous posts. Although they are very delicious touches to a dish, figs and garlic both have high levels of sulfur compounds, which commonly cause bad smelling breath. Bad breath itself is caused by volatile sulfur-producing compounds that thrive in an anaerobic environment – a dry mouth. Eating figs and garlic are really just adding more fuel to the fire of foul breath. A quick solution would be to chew a piece of TheraBreath Chewing Gum post-meal. It’s amazing how fast the garlicky smell is neutralized, as if you never enjoyed the garlic in the first place!

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Dr. Katz is Now a Columnist for Huffington Post!

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Our very own Dr. Katz is now a columnist for the Huffington Post!  He wrote his first article for this newspaper today, called “Does Your Breath Make Cupid Faint? How To Keep Your Bad Breath From Wilting Her Valentine’s Day Flowers.”  He gives some major pointers on how you can avoid bad breath on a day where it definitely is a downfall to have halitosis

In the article, he mentions that some sources of bad breath are milk chocolate, candy hearts, foods with a high concentration of sulfur compounds, including onions and garlic (even cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels Sprouts!), champagne, wine, beer, and other alcoholic beverages.  Furthermore, most oral hygiene products have not changed in over 100 years!  Most mouthwashes contain alcohol, which causes dehydration (thus causing bad breath), and many toothpastes have the harsh detergent Sodium Lauryl Sulfate as an ingredient.  Sodium Lauryl Sulfate allegedly causes canker sores…and halitosis, of course.  Breath mints and chewing gum contain sugar, which helps the bad breath-causing bacteria proliferate in your mouth.  

Dr. Katz provides some tips on combating bad breath on Valentine’s Day.  Try drinking tea instead of coffee, and avoid sugar if you can.  Eat dark chocolate instead of normal chocolate, since it has less sugar and no dairy.  Eat fruits and veggies that have a lot of water like apples, strawberries, watermelon, and celery. 
 
In order to prevent morning-after breath, you should oxygenate your mouth, so keep hydrated and use oxygenating oral products like gum, toothpaste, or mouthwash before you go to sleep.  

Source:  Huffington Post

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