The majority of bad breath problems begin in the mouth.
Bad breath that is of mouth origin can be traced to a sulfur compound produced by bacteria. Dead and dying bacterial cells release this sulfur compound, which gives the breath a bad odor.
Bacterial plaque, debris and food waste accumulate on the back of the tongue. The tongue’s surface is extremely rough and bacteria can reside easily in the cracks and crevices.
Large amounts of sulfur compounds can be produced in this area, making it a frequent site of origin for bad breath.
The tooth attracts bacteria containing plaque, debris and if not cleaned regularly and thoroughly, this can result in large accumulations of bacteria which result in bad breath.
People who have Periodontitis disease often experience bad breath because of bacteria accumulating in areas that are not cleaned easily, such as deep fissures around teeth.
Fortunately, treatment is very effective for people who have bad breath of mouth origin.
Other reasons for bad breath are:
- Sinus or respiratory infections
Diabetes related acetone smell
Fishy odor in case of kidney disease
Dieting and fasting related foul odors