Posts Tagged ‘bad breath cause’

Bad Breath From the Stomach? The Truth Behind Bad Breath

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Question MarkThere 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!

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Dry Mouth and Bad Breath [Video]

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Dry mouth is one of the leading causes of bad breath. In the video below, Dr. Katz talks about dry mouth along with tips on how to prevent bad breath.

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Bad Breath

Monday, January 18th, 2010

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Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is mainly caused by a bacteria that is allegedly anaerobic. The bacteria lives off of dental plaque on the teeth and gum line. Plaque tends to build up in the places in the oral cavity that lack oxygen the most.

Certain foods can cause halitosis more than others, like onion, garlic, and other spices. The smell caused by anaerobic bacteria, however, lasts much longer and is stronger than the bad breath smell caused by certain herbs. These bacteria also get nourishment from certain foods we eat, especially meat, milk, and fish. That is why proper oral hygiene is so important!

Xerostamia, more commonly known as dry mouth, is a condition that occurs when there is a lack of saliva in the mouth. Saliva actually has a very important role in keeping the mouth clean and removing food particles. Without these actions, one is much more likely to have bad breath. The salivary glands tend to stop working when one is asleep, which is why morning breath is so common.

Certain medical conditions are known for causing halitosis. Sinus problems and discharges, as well as other biological secretions can come out of the oral cavity, thus contributing to the smell of malodor. Tonsillitis, chronic lung infections like bronchitis, gastritis and other throat infections can cause bad breath. Also, if one has diabetes and does not control it, he or she may have a fruity breath smell, whereas liver failure can cause a fishy smell.

Lastly, if you have any concerns about your medical condition, you should go see a licensed physician.

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Onions Bad Breath

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Certain foods cause bad breath like onions. Watch Dr. Katz eat an onion on air, test how smelly it makes his breath & rescue himself from halitosis.

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Prevent Bad Breath

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Prevent bad breath today by listening to Dr. Katz’ instructions on ABC News about the cures.

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