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  • What is bad breath and how it is caused?
    By Health Blog on April 24, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    Bad breath is one of the troubling and irritating health problems.Even though there several reasons for the occurrence of this problem but almost all cases of bad breath & taste disorders involve a group of anaerobic sulfur producing bacteria that live below the surface of the tongue, in the throat, and often in the tonsils (if present). They react to changes in their environment by producing odorous and lousy tasting Volatile Sulfur Compounds (VSC’s), such as hydrogen sulfide (the rotten egg smell), methyl mercaptan (similar to the odor of old socks), and several other chemicals.

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    The conditions that trigger bad breath and halitosis include, but are not limited to:

    •A dry mouth

    •Thick saliva

    •Excess mucus in the throat

    •Post nasal drip

    •A diet high in proteins (dairy foods, red meat, beans, etc.)


    •Alcohol (in adult beverages or surprisingly in your mouthwash)

    •Hormonal changes

    •Medications which have dry mouth as a side-effect (anti-depressants, high blood pressure medications, anti-histamines, etc).

    •History of Diabetes

    •Special types of Diets (i.e. The Atkins Diet or other high protein diets)

    •Excessive use of “old-fashioned” oral products (containing alcohol and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) – check your medicine cabinet now to see if you’re in this category.

    Although some cases of dry mouth are naturally occurring, most cases are caused by one of these factors; prescription medications that are usually prescribed for high blood pressure or depression, adult beverages and mouthwashes with alcohol in them When your mouth is drier, you have less saliva, among other soluble components. Saliva contains a healthy helping of Oxygen, which keeps your mouth healthy and fresh. These bacteria are anaerobic, which simply means that they will thrive and make more sulfur in the presence of little or no oxygen. Thus if you have less Saliva, you have less oxygen, thereby creating an anaerobic environment, perfect for the bacteria to produce more of these odorous and sour/bitter compounds.

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