Bad breath causes

For the majority of people, the single most frequent cause of their breath odor problem is associated with bacteria that live in their mouth. Bacteria, just like humans, go through their lives consuming foods and excreting wastes. The waste products produced by some oral bacteria are sulfur compounds and it is this type of odoriferous waste product that usually lies at the root of a person's breath problems. The stench associated with rotten eggs is caused by the sulfur compound hydrogen sulfide. The stinky smell emanating from feedlots and barnyards is one produced by the sulfur compound methyl mercaptan. The odor you associate with the ocean is in part due to the presence of dimethyl sulfide. And each of these sulfur compounds is also excreted as a waste product by the bacteria that live in our mouths.

Reference of the dentists

Together dentists refer to these compounds as volatile sulfur compounds. The term volatile simply describes the fact that these compounds evaporate readily, even at normal temperatures. The extreme volatility of VSC's explains how these compounds have the ability to offend those around us, instantly. While volatile sulfur compounds are the principle causative agents of bad breath, the bacteria that live in our mouths also produce other waste products and some of these have their own unpleasant odors too. The types of bacteria that cause bad breath can find a suitable home in places other than just on the surface of a person's tongue. When you floss you may have noticed that at times you have dredged up a foul taste or odor. Maybe this odor is more noticeable as you floss between the teeth that are relatively further toward the back of your mouth. These locations are places where the bacteria that create bad breath often find a cozy home. The taste and smell you get when flossing these locations is evidence of this.


Even in relatively healthy mouth bacteria can and do find anaerobic environments underneath the gum line, both around and in between teeth, in which to live. These anaerobic environments, however, are even more numerous and available in the mouths of people who have experienced periodontal disease. This is because periodontal disease can cause damage to the bone that surrounds a person's teeth. This bone destruction leads to the formation of deep spaces that lie between the teeth and gums. The deep recesses of periodontal pockets can be difficult, if not impossible, to clean effectively. This makes them an ideal anaerobic environment for the types of bacteria that cause bad breath.

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