1. Does Bad Breath Come from the Stomach ?
The answer is no. After eating the muscles at the top of the
stomach close over it stopping any leakage of stomach contents. If
ever there is leakage you would smell a burp, which definitely
smells different to proper bad breath or you would have indigestion
2. Can Bacteria from the Gums or Gum Disease Cause Bad Breath ?
Once again it is most unlikely. What is a more likely scenario,
is that the bacteria on the tongue, not only cause the bad breath
problem, but also would be supplying food sources to the bacteria in
the gums. Therefore a coated tongue could be making your gum disease
worse. We recommend Triclosan with Peroxide to control bacteria
numbers. You can read more about this product on our Links Page.
3. Is Cleaning the Teeth Necessary in Reducing Bad Breath ?
Yes it is. Cleaning the teeth removes plaque buildup on the teeth
and gums. Plaque not only contains bacteria that can be a problem,
but sugars and acids that can cause decay. If you attend our Breath
Clinic we examine the whole mouth including teeth and gums in our
consultation, including their cleaning. If you can't get to the
dentist we recommend a very good chewing gum called RECALDENT. It
contains a peptide as well as Xylitol to stop bacteria converting
sugar to acid. By doing this is will stop decay. Also chewing gum is
a mechanical action that cleans the teeth and gums.
4. Does Bad breath Come From the Sinuses ?
No it does not, because the anaerobic sulphur-producing bacteria
that create bad breath live and breed within the back of the tongue
and in the throat. They have the ability to digest mucous (because
of high protein content) & then break it down into Sulphide
molecules, which cause the bad breath & bitter, sour taste.