Bad Breath Causes

There is nothing worse then talking in close proximity to a friend or co-worker and worrying that you might have bad breath. There are several different causes of bad breath.

1.One main reason that a person might have bad breath is because of the kind of food they eat. The breakdown of food particles in and around your mouth can cause an odor. Some foods contain volatile oils that might be another source of bad breath. Onions and garlic are prime examples of these kinds of foods. After these types of foods are digested the oils are absorbed into the body’s bloodstream. They are then carried to the lungs where they are then noticed through our breath until the food is eliminated from the body. Foods like garlic and onions can cause bad breath for up to 73 hours after you have eaten them.

2.Dental problems might also be the cause of some bad breath problems. If an individual does not brush and floss daily, food particles will remain on the teeth and in the mouth which then collects bacteria and emits hydrogen sulfide vapors. Dental hygiene is essential not only for curing bad breath but for the overall health of your mouth. Plaque can irritate the gums and is the main cause of gingivitis. Plus, it can cause tooth decay. Dentures that are not cleaned regularly or don’t fit property can also contain order-causing bacteria which causes bad breath.

3.Bad breath can also be caused by something as simple as having a dry mouth. The saliva in your mouth helps to cleanse and moisten your mouth. Having a dry mouth allows dead cell to gather on your cheeks, gums and tongue. The cells then decompose and cause an odor. Dry mouth is the thing that causes morning breath because your mouth naturally dries out during sleep.

4.Sinus infections have also been known to be the cause of bad breath. Discharge from your sinuses into the back of your throat can cause mouth odor. Likewise, throat infections, bronchitis and upper respiratory infections might cause bad breath. Infections we are helpless to avoid but sometimes it is what an individual is doing to their body that is the cause of their bad breath problem. Using tobacco products is one leading cause. Smoking fries out your mouth which causes odor and they are more likely to suffer from periodontal disease both sources of bad breath. Plus, sever dieting causes ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis is the breakdown of chemicals during fasting and causes an unpleasant fruity smell.

Regardless of why a person has a bad breath problem, having bad breath is not only bothersome to the individual; it is bothersome to those around them. Once the reason behind why the bad breath is occurring is understood, that person can then take steps to change their habits. Changing habits might be as easy as carrying a tooth brush and tooth paste with them in order to brush after meals when not at home or carrying breath fresheners with you. If the problem points to something more severe like dental disease, a dentist must be contacted to resolve this serious problem.

Recent research indicates that such chemicals as hydrogen sulfide, methyl mercaptan, as well as dimethyl sulfide contribute to bad breath.  Collectively this group of chemicals is known as volatile sulfuric compounds.  You may see them at times referred to by their abbreviation:  VSC.

These chemicals are produced by anaerobic bacteria, which are found mostly on the back of the tongue.  Think of bacteria as miniature living, breathing creatures.   That essentially is what bacteria is.

They spend their lives “eating” or taking in nourishment, much like we do and then excreting the wastes.  The waste products of these anaerobic bacteria are the VSC I’ve just mentioned.

So you’re probably beginning to get a better idea why I’m talking not only about the Halimeter right about now, but tying it in with the life cycle of your bacteria and the resulting VSC waste.

Think about the smell of a rotten egg?  Once you smell this distinctive odor you’ll always recognize it.  This specific — and unique — smell is caused by the sulfur compound hydrogen sulfide.

And yes, now that you mention it, it really is the same smell that comes from feed lots as well as barnyards due to the sulfur compound methyl mercaptan.

Another sulfur smell comes — if you’re familiar with it — the smell of the ocean.  This particular smell is due to the presence of dimethyl sulfide.

Each of these various types of sulfur compounds, by the way, is also excreted as a waste product by the bacteria that like to live in our mouths.

Patrick Joesef