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Bad Breath Causes

Key facts about what really causes bad breath.

What are the top bad breath causes?

The leading bad breath causes are a particular type of bacteria found on the soft tissues of the mouth – mainly on the back of the tongue. These bad breath bacteria thrive under a blanket of mucous where they produce the sulfur gases that cause bad breath odor. No drugstore mouthwash can eliminate these bacterial bad breath causes and toothbrushes are of little value in removing them.

Why doesn’t everyone have bad breath?

Studies of bad breath causes show us that some people have substantially more of these bad breath bacteria than others; no one knows why. But we do know that at least fifty million people in America have some degree of halitosis and suffer the embarrassment that bad breath causes.

Some key facts about bad breath causes:

Bad breath rarely originates in the stomach, throat, nose or sinuses as many people believe. Air released from the nose of a person with bad breath does not have an offensive odor. In 95% of cases, the primary bad breath causes are found in the mouth.

  • Surveys confirm that people form negative images of people with bad breath. Bad breath causes a serious social handicap; it impairs social, sexual and occupational interactions.
  • If your teeth and gums are in poor health they may contribute to bad breath. Regular, competent dental care is important because it helps control bad breath causes, including bacteria in the mouth.
  • If you suddenly have bad breath which is growing noticeably worse or is coupled with fever, cough, or other symptoms, seek medical advice about your bad breath causes.
  • Some of the foods we eat can contribute to bad breath. Common bad breath causes can include garlic, onions, alcohol, hot peppers or aromatic spices. The effects can last up to 72 hours after ingestion. This type of bad breath cannot be eliminated by any known treatment or product.