How, why and what causes bad breath?

Factors that promote a bad breath mini environment
Periodontal (Gum) Disease definitely is a cause of bad taste, and can also be a cause of bad breath. Hydrogen Sulfide and Methyl Mercaptans are toxic as well as malodorous; they can damage cells and thus may be a factor in gum disease. So if you have a Methyl Mercaptan smell you should have your dentist check you for gum disease.

Dry mouth is a common trigger for bad breath. Dry mouth causes oxygen deprivation, and increases the number of anaerobic bacteria. This oxygen deprivation could also be one of the reasons that halitosis patients have a low concentration of Streptococcus salivarius (an aerobic bacteria naturally occurring in healthy mouths). Dry mouth is a very complex issue and can be caused by factors such as alcohol or ethanol based mouthwash, prescription medication, over the counter medication, dieting or infrequent eating, smoking, acidic drinks or diet drinks. Also stress can cause dry mouth.

We recommend the Recaldent product range and our Breeze Oral Gel and Triclosan Rinse to provide relief for dry mouth sufferers. Also the Recaldent range has been shown to stop small tooth decay lesions that can commonly occur in dry mouth patients. These products are offered as an option when you purchase our Breath Starter Kit.

Post Nasal Drip is probably the next biggest cause of breath problems.

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