Bad Breath In Throat And
How To Deal With It

Bad breath in throat happens far more often than you may think it does. Although bad breath is most frequently generated in the mouth, it can also be generated in your throat. Those same anaerobic bacteria that live in the surface of the tongue as well as in other parts of the mouth can also reside further down in your esophagus. When they get out of control and begin reproducing at accelerated rates, the result is bad breath in the throat.

So, how do these bacteria get to the lining of the throat, and what can be done about it?

If you’ve read the other articles on this site, you already know that anaerobic bacteria live deep within the surface of the tongue. This is a good thing. They belong there and have an important job to do. But various foods as well as certain conditions of the mouth can cause them to produce more sulfur compounds than is normal or to reproduce at an accelerated rate. When these conditions are present, the tongue may have a thick mucous coating on it. Beneath that coat, the bacteria are having a field day.

Every time you swallow, your tongue comes into contact with your tonsils (if you have them) and with your throat. When this happens mucous and anaerobic bacteria are transferred to the other surfaces.

The result? You guessed it... Bad breath in throat!

Even though you practice great oral hygiene in an attempt to maintain a clean mouth, the bacteria that reached your esophagus are hard at work creating bad breath in the throat.

Now, let’s suppose that in addition, you’re experiencing sinus problems or post-nasal drip. This means that those bacteria which have found their way into your throat now have a never-ending supply of protein-rich “foods” to keep them reproducing and generating nasty odors.

What’s the best way to deal with bad breath in the throat? It’s very similar to the steps I recommend for dealing with any other kind of bad breath. Simply, you need to develop and follow a good oral hygiene routine.

  1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day. If possible, brush after every meal. Use an oxygenating toothpaste that does not contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate as it will make your mouth dry.
  2. Floss daily to remove trapped food particles and improve overall health of teeth and gums.
  3. Use a tongue scraper every day.
  4. Use an oxygenating oral rinse that's alcohol-free.
  5. Drink plenty of water during the day. Doing so will help wash food particles and excess mucous from your mouth. It will also help prevent dry mouth.
  6. For bad breath in throat specifically, I recommend a sixth step. Using AktivOxigen from TheraBreath, swallow 1-2 capfuls of the solution, letting it slowly run down the back of your throat. Allow the solution to stay in contact with the back of your throat for as long as possible. This will deliver Oxygen in a highly-concentrated form to the areas in the throat where anaerobic bacteria breed. If you’ve noticed a bitter, sour, or metallic taste in the back of your mouth, this step will eliminate that as well. [NOTE: For your personal safety, I cannot recommend this step with any product other than AktivOxigen from TheraBreath.]

Follow these steps consistently, and I know you’ll be thrilled with the results. You’re mouth will be fresh all day long. Any problems with bitter, sour, or metallic tastes will be ancient history. And best of all… No more bad breath in throat!


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