What Really Causes Bad Breath? The Case for Nutritional Dentistry

What Really Causes Bad Breath? The Case for Nutritional Dentistry

Malodorous breath, or bad breath, is caused by a bacterial breakdown product that causes an increased release of sulfur gas, in the mouth, called methyl mercaptan.

This compound is released when there is a presence of excessive bacterial toxins, periodontal disease or gingivitis. According to Dr. Rebecca Swan, assistant professor of pediatrics at Children’s Hospital, the number 1 cause for bad breath in children is poor oral hygiene. Coming in at number 2 is mouth breathing! - Nashville Edition, Your Health Magazine, March 2008

Other Causes for Bad Breath

  • Periodontal Disease - it’s a huge contributor to the excess build-up of sulfur groups that are produced by the endotoxins that live below the gum line. They live in a medium called the gingival crevicular fluid, which can harbor billions of gas-producing bacteria and spirochete organisms.
What Causes Bad Breath
  • Embedded bacteria in your tongue causing malodor problems. To avoid this issue, use a tongue scraper to clean the top-side surface of your tongue.
  • Excessive dry mouth caused by many medications and some cancers.
  • True esophogeal gastric reflux and bacterial toxins from stomach problems.
  • Bacterial toxins in your sinuses that turn chronic, from bacteria and yeast also producing methyl mercaptan. 

12 Compounds That Can Help You Control Bad Breath

  1. Alkaline water
  2. Apples
  3. Green tea
  4. Cherries
  5. Parsley, contains polyphenols
  6. Whole raw milk
  7. Spinach, more polyphenols
  8. Lettuce
  9. Spearmint, contains chlorophyll
  10. Basil
  11. Citrus fruits, eat between meals as snacks
  12. Yogurt with probiotics especially Streptococcus thermophilus  and Lactobacillus bulgaricus

More Bad Breath Treatments

Brushing Teeth Bad Breath
  • Another treatment is Argentyn-23, a nanotech, silver-hydrosol antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal product which is highly effective. It’s also an immune booster.
  • It's also crucial to brush, floss, and rinse frequently to minimize the bacterial toxic load. So listen intently to our talented hygienists, and ignore stupid studies. Read my post, How to Clean Your Teeth Naturally.
  • Also, taking a multi-strain probiotic is very effective in combating unfriendly bacteria. Neutralizing the acidity in your mouth with alkalinizing water and/or sea salt, or baking soda, are good ideas. Your oral pH should be around 6.5 in the morning.  Reduction of refined sugars is a must! Bacteria feed on sugar! Follow the WAPF and the PPNF protocols.
  • Chewing Xylitol gum may also help
  • Increase chewing as this increases salivary flow
  • Increase fruits and berries, which increases Vitamin C for A/O potential
  • Increase whole grains
  • Increase NO (Nitric Oxide)
  • Increase Lycopene which increases the healing of inflamed tissues

I believe the mouth is the window to your body and health. Our Nashville practice offers services that reflect this belief as we strive to provide a mercury-free and mercury-safe office for our patients. We use cutting-edge technology and procedures to offer the best services possible. Visit us at the Centre for Holistic and Biological Dentistry.

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