The Odds Aren’t in J. Law’s (And Your) Breath’s Favor

Bad Breath CaseThe prospect of sharing a passionate kiss with Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence is THE dream for her admirers. But her on-screen partner Liam Hemsworth, who played Gale in The Hunger Games, begs to differ. In fact, he considers it a nightmare.

“Anytime I had to kiss Jennifer was pretty uncomfortable,” he admitted on The Tonight Show, referring to her breath issues.

Jennifer admits to consuming garlic or tuna meals before her make-out scenes. Fortunately, the co-stars just laughed it out. But for most people, bad breath is no laughing matter. It results in social struggles and episodes of embarrassment.

The Root of All (Breath) Evil, a local family dentist, says nine out of 10 cases of foul breath originate from the mouth. In some unique cases, bad breath originates from other medical issues of the body, which includes lung infection and liver disease. Mouthwash and breath mints are convenient solutions, but to totally resolve it, find the root cause.

As Jennifer Lawrence found out, some food and drinks trigger that unpleasant smell. Garlic, onion, coffee, and alcohol are the primary culprits. If you’re a big fan of smoking, it’s time to quit, especially if you want minty fresh breath.

Some people think fasting is the best solution — it’s not. When you stop eating, the mouth becomes dry and encourages the release of foul-smelling substances.

How to Stay Fresh All Day

One of your best bets in preventing foul breath is easy — stay hydrated and add fresh foods (e.g. apple, parsley, or celery) to your diet.

Regular oral hygiene is also a sure way to avoid bad breath. Apart from keeping the breath fresh, your goal is to eliminate all harmful bacteria. Allowing these microorganisms to reside in your mouth results in tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath.

Brush and floss twice a day and stay away from sugary treats. Also, visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups.

So, did Jennifer ever apologize to Liam for her bad breath? Not really. “[For] Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, yeah, I’ll brush my teeth,” she joked.