There is a widely known myth about bad breath that many people believe is a fact. The bad breath from the stomach myth is one based around the idea that the origin of bad breath is from digested food in the stomach. The reason many people think this is because often times when people eat a meal with onions, garlic, or other bad-smelling ingredients, bad breath follows. While food contributes to bad breath, it is not digested food in the stomach that causes bad breath.
I understand that you may not believe that bad breath from the stomach is a myth just because you’ve read a paragraph that says it is. However, there are a couple of facts that may convince you that what you’re reading here is, in fact, true.
First of all, your esophagus is the small tube food travels down to reach your stomach. This tube has muscles lining it that work to keep it closed to prevent anything from escaping – including bacteria and foul odors. Also, it has been shown that the main cause of bad breath comes from Allyl Methyl Sulfide, “a byproduct of garlic’s digestion.” The unique thing about Allyl Methyl Sulfide is that it travels to the lungs after the bloodstream absorbs it. From the lungs it can travel back to the mouth. Therefore, it’s not a case of bad breath from the stomach, but bad breath from the mouth.
Since we now know bad breath from the stomach is a myth and the true source is the mouth area, where exactly in the mouth does bad breath come from? The three most common sources are the back of the tongue, throat, and tonsils. However, of the three, the tongue is the biggest culprit roughly 85% of the time. The reason for this is because the tongue is quite large and the back of the tongue easily attracts bacteria.
Since the bacteria are at the back of the tongue, it is hard to reach. Therefore, food and other odor causing bacteria can stay there undisturbed for long periods of time. To help with this problem you can do a couple things. First, use a tongue scraper or clean it with a specifically designed toothbrush every day. You can also find a wide variety of Professional Formula TheraBreath products by Dr. Katz by clicking here. Just remember that the origin of your bad breath is the mouth – not bad breath from the stomach!