There are many factors that could be the causes of bad breath, and many of the factors that could be causes of bad breath can be dealt with quickly and easily using simple techniques. In fact, the causes of bad breath are so well documented that it is easy to find the factors which are the cause of bad breath for you.
So what are the causes of bad breath exactly?
Bad breath, which is usually halitosis, is caused by VSC’s (Volatile Sulphur Compounds) in the mouth; these are the most common of the causes of bad breath. But what are they, anyway?
Bacteria in your throat and mouth help to break down certain proteins. When some Amino acids which have a lot of Sulphur inside, start to get broken down and then produce various foul-smelling compounds from the back of the mouth and throat.
There is a common misconception that bad breath can come from your stomach, and although it may feel like that sometimes, the smell comes from the compounds produced your throat and mouth. Some foods however after they have been consumed encourage the production of certain chemicals that are then discharged via the lungs. So that extra helping of deep-fried onion rings is actually making a smell through your lungs.
So how can we avoid these great causes of bad breath?
Well, many of the causes of bad breath are things that we take for granted and use everyday. Most kinds of toothpaste can be a cause of bad breath because the stuff that makes the foam actually promotes the production of VSC’s.
A dry tongue can also be a cause of bad breath. The bacteria that produce those nasty VSC’s actually don’t like oxygen, so a dry mouth is perfect and hence becomes a cause of bad breath.
The nasty stuff from the bacteria comes from the breakdown of Amino acids, which are found in protein. So high protein foods can be a cause of bad breath, even a generally high protein diet could be one of the causes of bad breath.
Once you have elevated levels of the bacteria in your throat, it becomes very difficult to fight off the bad breath as those bacteria can use anything to be the next trigger for your bad breath. By successfully reducing the number of bacteria in your throat you can make sure that it becomes that much more difficult to get the bad breath in the first place.
You literally zap the cause of bad breath at its source.
So one of the causes of bad breath are those things that allow the bacteria to produce more VSC’s, so avoid or treat these and you will rid yourself of your cause of bad breath. Otherwise hit at the source and reduce those bacteria.
By: Peter Stewart