Halitosis

Halitosis

bad-breath

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Bad breath is usually caused by anaerobic bacteria, which normally live within the tongue surface and in the throat. These bacteria are useful for the digestion of proteins from food, saliva or mucus, blood and diseased or rejected tissues. Under certain conditions, the bacteria begin to degrade protein particularly strongly. Proteins consist of amino acids. Two of these amino acids (cysteine and methionine) contain a lot of sulphur molecules.

As soon as the beneficial bacteria come into contact with these components, the unpleasant and foul-smelling sulfur components are released from the back of the tongue and throat as hydrogen sulfides, mercaptans and other bad-smelling substances. These substances are also called Volatile Sulfur Compounds = VSC (slightly volatile sulphur compounds).

 

where-does-bad-breath-come-fromThese bacteria are not harmful or infectious. The oral flora of every human being contains the same group of bacteria in the mouth. One thing is certain: Bad breath is not contagious, not even when kissing! Bacteria are therefore part of the normal oral flora, i. e. they must not be removed completely from the mouth - not by continuous tongue cleaning, not with antibiotics, not with mouthwashes that claim to keep bacteria away from the tongue.

The only proven effective way of combating bad breath and attacking the true cause is as follows: The attack on the bacteria's ability to form sulphurous metabolites and transform the already formed sulphurous compounds into neutral smelling and neutrally tasting organic salts.

 

When you talk about bacteria, you need to know the following about these bacteria:

  1. These are anaerobic bacteria (such as fusobacteria, actinomycetes etc.).
  2. You don't like oxygen:   So you feel most comfortable where there is no or only little oxygen.
  3. Therefore, do not live on the surface of the tongue: They live between the fine fibres of the tongue, the so-called tongue papillae!woher-kommt-mundgeruch

 

 

Byproducts of these anaerobic bacteria are metabolic products containing sulphur. As already mentioned, every human being needs these bacteria for digestion.

Unfortunately and for unknown reasons, a higher number of these bacteria are found in some people. Therefore, they suffer from bad breath. (There are different theories that can be traced back to hormonal fluctuations, to drugs (mostly antibiotics or sulfonamides, which can cause a disturbance of the oral flora) or even to hereditary causes. But what we know today is that bad breath is evenly distributed between men and women.

 

 

OTHER CAUSES OF BAD BREATH

Dry mouth

Every now and then everyone has a dry mouth. Often the cause can be the following:
Prescription medication (mostly prescribed against high blood pressure or depression), antihistamine (e. g. in nasal drops)

 

spirits and alcoholic mouthwashes

Less saliva is formed in dry mouth. But saliva naturally contains oxygen and provides a healthy and fresh mouth. The anaerobic bacteria produce more sulphur substances with little or no oxygen. If less saliva is formed, there is less oxygen and there is an "anaerobic condition" - ideal for bacteria to produce more malodorous and acid/bitter tasting substances. Drink plenty of water, suck pastilles or chew gum to stimulate saliva formation. Chewing gums such as kauX®, pastilles and other products containing high-dose xylitol are particularly suitable.

 

Post-nasales drops

It is well known that proteins have amino acids as building blocks. In some people with problems in the nose (e. g. allergies), mucus runs along the throat and covers the back tongue and throat - exactly where the bacteria live. Since mucus consists of protein strands, this is a good prerequisite for bacteria to break down these proteins into badly smelling and acid tasting sulphur-containing substances. Strongly acting nasal drops (antihistamines) do not help here because the drying effect of these substances creates another problem. atemfrisch® with hdO2 ensures that the smell and taste problem can be tackled.

 

Certain foods

Anaerobic bacteria love proteins, and certain foods have plenty of them: milk, cheese and most other dairy products (the fat content doesn't matter, by the way). If you have lactose intolerance, do not eat or drink these foods! Your body cannot completely digest these foods, so they are available to the bacteria for a long time. Fish have a lot of protein. Those who like to eat a lot of fish can, logically, also worsen the bad breath problem. Coffee (with or without caffeine) contains a lot of acid and in an acidic environment the bacteria can multiply faster. (In principle, this applies to every type of acidity in the food.

 

What works in atemfrisch®?

In principle, the entire composition of the new agent against bad breath, atemfrisch® oral rinse, is aimed at preventing bad breath.

hdO2 is the most active ingredient. By adding oxygen, it prevents anaerobic bacteria from forming malodorous sulfides and mercaptans. The final product is the formation of sulphate, which has neither smell nor taste.

 

 

 

 


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