Friday

Ferocious Halitosis (Part 1)

Bad breath odor is a HUGE interpersonal turn-off. Bad breath, It is often referred to as halitosis is a socially limiting ailment, as it impacts many individuals. It prevents most people from leading an ordinary lifestyle.



Some key causes of bad breath are:

  • poor oral hygiene 
  • general neglect of the teeth 
  • periodontal disease (gum disease) 
  • deeply furrowed tongue 
  • sinus infection 
  • tonsillitis 
  • poor diet 
  • drying of oral tissues 
  • various digestive problems 
  • lung or sinus infection 
  • diabetes 
  • gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD) 


 Dr. Harold Katz proposes that bad breath (halitosis) is caused by the reaction of (i) naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth with (ii) certain proteins that are found in foods we eat, as well as in mucus/phlegm, blood and broken-down oral tissues. And that's it. Did you know that most commercial mouthwashes contain more alcohol than a six-pack of beer?, or did you know that most commercial toothpastes contain a 'soap' that actually dries out your mouth?
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But when it comes down to pure logic and basic sense, there appears to be just one stand-out proponent of a bad-breath 'fix', and the evidence to support this is so simple to understand.

The bacteria that is found in our mouths is necessary for the initial stages of digesting the foods we consume. But sometimes the reaction of these bacteria and certain proteins will result in the odorous sulfur compounds being present in our mouths, and these compounds cause bad breath. Dr Katz calls these "volatile sulfur compounds" (VSC), and the 'fix' is quite complex, but at the same time it is simple. 

What you obviously need to do is stop the bacteria/protein mix from creating the odorous VSC. The way this is done is by adding "oxygen" to the environment they live in (tongue/throat). By adding oxygen, the end result is the formation of a "Sulfate", which has no odor or taste. The solution can be as simple as changing from a soap-filled toothpaste that dries your mouth out, to one that actually assists in converting odorous sulfur compounds into odor-free/taste-free sulfate.

You brush your teeth everyday, so it's not like you will need to change you habits to enjoy this bad breath solution.


1.)  photo credit: aqua.mech Beautiful woman with grimace beacuse of bad smell. Isolated on white. via photopin (license) 

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