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Depends on the fantasy but if the dragons fire is outside the mouth I would think bad breath, if it's inside, I don't know.

But what if the germs are protected by dragon's saliva or mucus and then the mouth drys up after the fire breath?



Dragon germs? Now you're just being silly.


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Their are plenty of bacteria that will only grow only on certain things, creatures, ect. None the less I think of dragons as magestic beasts, I don't think they would have bad breath, in the same way I think a unicorn would smell like heaven, or a centaur would smell like the forest. A dragon would smell rich & tasteful, and his breath would not be foul on principal.
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Paper disproves Spock. I win.


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Probably bad. Okay, at best. I imagine that anything living in a dragon's mouth would have long adapted to cope with the environment, especially since a healthy mouth needs to contain microbes. Beneficial bacteria are needed to control harmful microorganisms. Also, bad breathe also comes about from tonsilloliths that form in tonsil crevices. They're mostly made of calcium, with other minerals like phosphorus, magnesium, ammonia, and carbonate. They're also made up of dead cells, mucous, and bacteria.
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pandrasb wrote:


Phersu wrote:

Paper disproves Spock. I win.


Is that college ruled?


Maybe.


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Probably bad. I imagine that anything living in a dragon's mouth would have long adapted to cope with the environment, especially since a healthy mouth needs to contain microbes. Beneficial bacteria are needed to control harmful microorganisms. Also, bad breathe also comes about from tonsilloliths that form in tonsil crevices. They're mostly made of calcium, with other minerals like phosphorus, magnesium, ammonia, and carbonate. They're also made up of dead cells, mucous, and bacteria.


Tonsilloliths. Those things smell nasty.
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I have no clue.
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Even if a dragon breathed out fire, there would have to be mechanisms by which the dragon's mouth parts are protected from the fire it produces. Mucus, saliva, quick regenerative skin and mucus tissues, etc. There would be plenty of opportunities for bacteria to survive the fire, in small numbers and repopulate.

There is also the idea that dragons aren't always breathing out fire. They only use that mechanism when defending against dragon hunting humans, or when hunting for food, or perhaps in a mating display to attract a mate to its territory. So, that would mean that long stretches of time pass between bursts of fire from a dragon's mouth.

If it were Godzilla, then we're talking nuclear fire. Even though he's technically not a dragon, Godzilla still breathes out radio-active fire. In his case, I would say, his breath does not stink, but the radiation would kill you.
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I don't think dragon breath would smell since it's not the bacteria themselves that smell but the excess waste they create. Fire would just vaporize everything and it would take a while until it piles up again.
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I think your theory would be plausible if we assume that dragons breathe fire constantly, hence the regular sanitation of their mouth that would kill any bad breath causing bacteria.
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Heck, I don't think dragons need to breath fire as constantly as we brush our teeth.



Though then again, dragon breath may stink of smoke and ash?
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When I think of dragons and the flames they can use I always think that it is mostly brimstone and the sulfur smells. So I don't think it would be the germs and bacteria in the mouth that would smell or cause dragon's breath, it would be what ever the dragon was using to fuel the fire.

There's a city in Oklahoma that is named Sulfur Springs. I was only a kid when we went thru there, but the smell was like all the rotten eggs in the world being in one place, and I have never forgotten it.

Dragon's breath in animals (humans included) is usually caused by the germs and bacteria in the mouth. I've known people that had to actually brush their tongue to help clean out the taste buds, other wise they couldn't get rid of the smell.
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So, the fire comes from inside the mouth, and not from some combination of chemicals outside of it? If that's the case, then the dragon would need some sort of protection in it's mouth, in which bacteria can thrive.

But I always thought it was called dragon's breath because the breath feels hotter the more it stinks. Though that may just be my experience...
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