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Bad Breath – the Cure is as Simple as the Cause

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Bad Breath, also known as Halitosis (Halitosis is the medical term for ‘bad breath’) is an extremely restrictive condition, and it affects millions of people. It restricts people from leading a normal life. Have you ever shied away from a conversation because you knew you had bad breath ? Or have you ever cut a conversation short because the person you spoke to had bad breath ? There wouldn’t be a person on the planet who hasn’t. Bad breath is a social turn-off.

And it doesn’t just restrict people in their social lives, it has far-reaching ramifications for Business people who deal face-to-face with customers. I mean, what chance does a Salesperson have when they have bad breath ? I bet they would have a better chance of closing a deal if they had fresh clean breath.

There is a massive misconception about what really causes halitosis. Some definitions point towards poor oral hygiene, general neglect of the teeth, periodontal disease (gum disease), deeply furrowed tongue, sinus infection, tonsillitis, diet, drying of oral tissues, digestive problems, smoking, systemic diseases, lung or sinus infection, uremia, or cirrhosis of the liver, helminthiasis (intestinal parasitic infections), diabetes, kidney failure, sinusitis, tonsilloliths, gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), trimethylaminuria (TMAU), hormonal changes, and a wide variety of prescription drugs……..

There are volumes and volumes of studies and reports on what causes halitosis, and what fixes halitosis, and there are hundreds, if not thousands of so-called solutions for treating bad breath. Gum, Breath mints, breath strips and mouthwash are NOT the answer. They are just part of a multibillion-dollar-a-year industry which provide a very short ‘mask’ for the real cause. 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?

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. 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.

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.

A bad breath solution can be simple. 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.

Always make sure you’re practicing great oral care habits. Taking care of your mouth is key. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily will help to control plaque development. The use of a tongue scraper will help control odor causing bacteria that form on the tongue. Regular dentist visits are also recommended, as there could be an underlying cause of the bad breath.

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

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