Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Why Do Some People Get Bad Breath

I am often asked why some people get bad breath and not others. This is an interesting question.

When we are born, our oral bacteria makeup is passed onto us from our parents. This often happens with the first touches or kisses. This was shown in a study at Queensland University on premature babies who did not get mouth bacteria until they had human contact after leaving their incubators.

These bacteria colonised at birth, are now our bacteria for life. we can modify them for the worse by taking antibiotics, disinfectant mouthwash and lifestyle habits. Or we can modify them for the better by cleaning away the excess bacteria made and pumping the mouth full of good probiotics such as K12 and M18. These KForce probiotics have mountains of research from Otago University as to their many health benefits.

Bad Breath is a bacterial problem in 95% of all cases. So if your parents gave you bacteria that like to break down proteins and bad breath smells, and then you feed these bacteria without cleaning the food sources and excess bacteria away twice a day, then you will get Bad Breath.

Your compatriot that is low in these bad breath bacteria, is more lucky. They do not need the strenuous oral hygiene measures that you do, as they are not making as many bad breath bacteria and gases.

But do not worry, low levels of cleaning in these "lucky" people will lead to other mouth complaints eventually such as gum disease and an increase in pathogenic illnesses. There is no substitute to a balanced bacterial mouth.


  1. How do you get rid of the the bacteria at the back of your throat?

  2. To flush the back of the throat you need to clean through the nose with a pressure pack of saline. This product is called SINOCLEAR. Then you need to clean through the mouth with a non-foaming gel that lets you clean the back of the tongue. This product is called KFORCE TONGUE GEL. Finally you need to eliminate all dairy from your diet as this thickens mucous at the back of the throat making it easier to get trapped back there.

  3. So does this mean you can pass on bad breath to your children?

    1. Bad Breath is caused by odor-producing bacteria that grow in the mouth. When we don't brush & floss regularly, bacteria accumulate on the bits of food left in our mouth & between our teeth.

  4. Hello, this is not entirely true. The bacteria are normal bacteria that grow on the tongue, teeth, gums and throat. After 12 hours they will form a colony and begin to break down proteins in the mouth. These proteins are the biofilms (coatings) already in the mouth such as plaque, or throat mucous or coatings on the tongue or biofilm under the gums.

    If your gums bleed when you floss, or if you trap mucous in your throat, or your tongue has a yellow coating on it then these are signs that you have proteins in your mouth waiting and ready to be made into bad breath. You can read more about how we deal with this issue by clicking on our treatment page. Hope this information helps.