atemfrisch FAQs

atemfrisch FAQs

What is bad breath? Where does he come from? Why do I have him?

In almost all cases of bad breath and bad taste, there is a group of anaerobic, sulfur-producing bacteria that live in the surface of the tongue, in the throat and on the tonsils (if present). They react to changes in their environment by forming bad smelling and bad tasting volatile sulphur compounds (VSC), such as e. g. VSC (Volatile Sulfur Compounds). B. Hydrogen sulfides (flavor of rotten eggs), methyl mercaptan (similar to the smell of "old" socks), and various other chemical substances such as carcasses and putrescine. This already shows how much other people can be harassed as a result.

These bacteria belong there because they help to digest protein, which is made up of certain foods, secretions and mucus, as well as sick or dead oral mucous membranes. Under certain conditions, the bacteria begin to metabolize protein in quite large quantities (pre-digestion). Protein consists of amino acids. Two of these amino acids (cysteine and methionine) contain a lot of sulphur. They are not dangerous - and not infectious. Every human being on earth has the same group of bacteria (e. g. fusobacteria, actinomycetes) in his mouth. Unfortunately, these bacteria are found in larger numbers in people with bad breath for reasons that have not yet been explained. Bad breath is not "contagious" - so you can't get infected while kissing! Because bacteria are part of the normal oral flora, they cannot be permanently removed from the mouth with tongue cleaners, antibiotics or mouthwashes that claim to remove bacteria from the tongue.

One thing you have to know about these bacteria: They belong to the class of anaerobes. That means "without oxygen". So you live in an environment where there is no oxygen. Therefore, they do not live on the surface of the tongue. They live between the tongue papillae that make up the surface of the tongue! The only scientifically proven method of combating bad breath is to change the conditions in the mouth so that the bacteria are no longer able to produce sulphur-containing substances and the already formed, unpleasantly smelling substances are converted into odourless and tasteless organic salts.


Can bad breath come from my digestive system (stomach)?

Unlike what you used to think, bad breath doesn't come from the stomach.

Exceptions to this rule are very rare cases where the muscles surrounding the gastrointestinal tract (esophagus) are sagging (this affects 2 out of 10,000 cases!).

The actual source of bad breath is formed by bacteria that live in the back of the tongue, in the throat and sometimes also on the tonsils of the throat, which are still present (and sometimes form white, smelly little balls (almond stones). That is why your tongue can change: from pink to a whitish colour.

Nobody knows how the unfortunate myth - bad breath is caused by the stomach - came about. In this way, however, effective treatment for millions of people has been delayed.

Some of you have even had to undergo unnecessary medical and dental procedures and even irresponsibly painful and costly surgeries to cope with a situation that puts a strain on your private and business life.

It was also found that bad breath and related problems are not associated with sinuses and lung diseases.


Is bad breath curable?

Some things - such as bad breath (or headaches, acne, dandruff or diabetes etc.) cannot be avoided overnight.

Because the bacteria are always present (they are part of the natural oral flora bacteria that everyone needs at the beginning of the digestive process). Therefore, these bacteria must not be killed. But they can be treated with oxygen and other natural substances that prevent the bacteria from forming sulphur-containing substances (and thus bad breath) for 12 hours (and in some cases even more).


I have a wonderfully fresh taste, does that mean my breath smells good?

From a neurological point of view, the sense of taste and sense of smell have two separate physical centres in the brain where special electrical impulses arrive.

From a physical point of view, the receptors of both senses are separated, but they often mix with each other. This sometimes causes the discovery of an odour that does not exist at all, but originates from stimulation of the taste centre - and vice versa.

Pharmaceutical companies recognized early on that they can deceive people by using strong peppermint flavours and medically tasting aromas in mouthwashes to make the brain believe that the breath is fresh. Some even added special dyes to give your mouthwash a pharmaceutical look. It is important to understand that taste and sense of smell are two different senses - like hearing and seeing.

You can have a strong taste of peppermint in your mouth, but the smell that reaches your neighbour can be unpleasantly sulphurous. This is because sugar and alcohol in such products stimulate bacteria to produce more sulphur-containing substances.

Some mouthwashes are flavoured to teach the user to be medical and thus have an effect. However, if the product contains alcohol, the only effect is a worsening of the breath.


How do I know I have bad breath?

Good question! You can't smell your own breath by holding your hand in front of your mouth, exhaling and then smelling (you just smell your hand).

The organism is equipped in such a way that you do not perceive your own smell. This is called acclimation. This is necessary so that we are able to perceive smells other than our own.

But here are some common signs of bad breath:

  • a white coating on your tongue

  • Nasal secretion in the throat, allergies or mucus

  • white small dots on your tonsils

  • dry mouth, morning breath and burning tongue

  • thick saliva or continuous throat rasping

  • they offer YOU too often chewing gum and peppermint

  • one turns away from you

  • Bad taste of beer, milk, coffee and mouthwash

  • a constantly acidic, bitter or metallic taste

  • no effect after tongue cleaning

  • no improvement after brushing and cleaning the interdental spaces

Where does the whitish coating on my tongue come from?

Sulphur-producing, anaerobic bacteria that live within the surface of the tongue (far from oxygen) form chemical substances such as hydrogen sulphides (smell of rotten eggs) when they come into contact with protein. As soon as the mouth becomes dry, it creates an anaerobic environment that allows the formation of even more of these substances that accumulate on the tongue. You can also observe this reaction if you do not eat or drink for a few hours and have a dry mouth.


How many people actually have bad breath - is that typical of men or women?

30 - 35% of the world's population have a chronically bad breath,   which usually leads them to a doctor to get help (this help is often wrong). This first group has bad breath for more than 24 hours, including food smell, taste problems, dry mouth and of course the so-called "morning breath".

Others 35% are "border crossers", i. e. their breath seems to be fresh during the day. However, it can quickly reach a chronic level after certain foods (milk products, alcohol, sweets), after taking medication (antihistamines, antidepressants, antihypertensive drugs) and always after awakening - also known as "morning breath". Various studies have shown that bad breath occurs in men and women alike.


Why do I have bad breath even though I brush my teeth every day and floss while my partner, who doesn't brush his teeth so often and never uses dental floss, has a baby breath? How could that be? That's not fair!

Oral hygiene and fresh breath are actually 2 different things. It is important that you brush your teeth and floss, because this is the only way to preserve your teeth for a lifetime. But you can't use it to fight bad breath. Your partner probably has enough saliva and a finely structured tongue.

Every human being on earth has the same group of bacteria in the mouth (e. g. fusobacteria, actinomycetes), which are part of the normal oral flora and whose most important task is to split food so that it can be digested better.

Unfortunately, for unknown reasons, these bacteria are found in large numbers in people with bad breath. It can be said that in some people, the conditions in the mouth are conducive to the proliferation of these bacteria and form sulphurous substances with the result of bad breath and bad taste.

Your partner is likely to eat foods that do not stimulate the bacteria (such as high protein dairy products). On the other hand, you probably have a dry mouth all the time due to your job, your habits or your cycle. And it is also quite likely that your mouthwash and toothpaste will make your breath even worse, such as sugar-containing pastilles against bad breath.

Or is your partner even using atemfrischh® without your knowledge?


Does stress have something to do with bad breath?

Stress has a lot to do with bad breath.

If you are "under stress", you are subject to the parasympathetic nervous system over which you have no control (inhalation and exhalation). The fact is that under stress you get a dry mouth and, as I said before, your breath gets worse.

It's like sitting in a large hall and suddenly being asked to give a speech... your mouth will be dry.... You are unable to speak because you have little or no saliva. This can lead to bad breath immediately.


Whenever I feel secretion in the nasopharynx, the bad breath problem gets worse. Doesn't that show the problem comes from the sinuses?

No. Rather, it is because the anaerobic sulfur-producing bacteria that cause bad breath live and multiply in the back part of the tongue surface and in the throat. They can break up mucus (which is highly protein-containing) into sulfide molecules, which are the cause of bad breath and bitter, acidic taste.

Intensive gargling with the atemfrisch® mouthwash helps here.


Why doesn't my dentist or doctor know anything about this treatment?

The information can be read in many English-language journals for microbiology and dentistry and has since been published in German-language journals.

Nevertheless - the scientific findings on bad breath are completely new - the real reasons for bad breath have only recently been "discovered", probably only after your dentist has passed his examinations. And it was only after 1997 that the American Dental Association (ADA) finally agreed to what we had been saying all along:"Bad breath develops in the back of the tongue and in the throat." Until then, the official conviction was that bad breath comes from poor oral hygiene. (Read: What is bad breath?).

It is indeed the case that bad breath patients have excellent oral hygiene. You brush your teeth more thoroughly and floss more often than other people. They therefore have the best oral hygiene in the world because they spend a lot of time getting rid of this unpleasant problem. However, none of this can change the physical peculiarity, which is the number 1 of all known signs of bad breath: the white coating on her tongue.


My partner sometimes has bad breath. Can I get infected while kissing him?

Simply put, you can't infect someone else with bad breath.

The bacteria that cause the problem are really "good" bacteria and are part of the normal oral flora (a mixture of bacteria that you need for oral health). It is possible that the bacteria in your partner's mouth (tongue, throat, tonsils) are a reaction to his dry mouth caused by smoking, taking medication or alcohol (in beer, wine or old mouth water).

Tell him about atemfrisch® and you two will soon be kissing with confidence again.


Is bad breath inheritable - because I think I have passed it on to my children?

No. You cannot inherit bacteria,

BUT you can inherit a certain tongue shape (as you can inherit your father's nose) or characteristics of the tongue, like a deep middle furrow.

Such conditions promote a larger accumulation of bacteria, which then lead to bad breath.


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