Bad breath? Your mask could be the problem, doctor says

TULSA, Okla. — Millions of Americans are starting to smell something their loved ones and colleagues have smelled for years thanks to their mask-wearing for the last year.

Dr. Harold Katz told FOX23 that up to 80 million Americans have bad breath, but now their masks are trapping that breath and sending it right back through their nostrils.

Katz says the masks are also making people’s breaths worse by altering the way they produce saliva which usually fights the bacteria that causes bad breath.

A high protein diet can make someone’s breath worse, Katz says. He advises those people to avoid foods like onions and garlic and choose foods with high water content like strawberries, grapes, apples and celery.

He also suggests that people drink plenty of water as their bodies produce 1.5 liters of saliva daily.

Katz says antihistamines, antidepressants and blood pressure medication can all give someone bad breath too.

He’s developed a line of products to combat bad breath with an oxygen compound.

Anyone interested can check it out here.