Can Acid Reflux Cause Bad Breath?

Does Acid Reflux Cause Bad Breath?  Unfortunately YES it can.  Read on to find out how to cure your bad breath from Acid Reflux.

How Does Bad Breath from Acid Reflux Occur?

Essentially bad breath from acid reflux occurs when foods don’t digest properly.  They then come back in to the oesophagus through the lower oesophageal sphincter (LES).  Because Acid Reflux is caused most of the time by the foods which you are eating there are a few things you can do to cure bad breath due to Acid Reflux.

1. Eat smaller frequent meals more often

By eating smaller meals more frequently this will reduce the likelihood of Acid Reflux coming back up in to the oesophagus causing bad breath.

2. As your mother said – Chew your food thoroughly!

Sometimes a mum does actually know what she is saying.  This one is not an old wives tail.  Chewing more will cause the saliva to break down the food much faster.

3. Eat foods which are more easily digested

Berries, green vegetables, sweet potatoes, honey, artichokes and avocados digest more easily. This lessens putrefaction in the stomach, with less chance of regurgitation into the mouth.

4. Don’t eat foods which are likely to cause Acid Reflux

Milk, saturated fats, hot peppers, spicy foods, meat, cheese and fast foods. These types of foods increase the incidence of reflux with regurgitation into the mouth, which may contribute to bad breath from Acid Reflux

5. Drink Liquorice Root Tea

Liquorice root tea not only soothes the stomach and oesophagus but it is known for sweetening the breath

6. Chew on a plant

Well not really a plant but a plant derivative.  Chlorophyll tablets sweeten the breath.  They also aid proper digestion of food.  Have a look in health food stores for them.

I hope these few items will help you to reduce your bad breath due to Acid Reflux.  Do you have any other tips our readers might like?  Leave them in the comments below.  Until next time…