The chances are quite high that either you, or someone close to you, suffers from halitosis (chronic bad breath).
Although the condition is preventable, it is estimated that over 90 million Americans currently suffer from this dreaded problem. In our society, mentioning that someone has bad breath is considered taboo. Its an uncomfortable problem that brings on feelings of embarrassment and personal insecurity.
Additionally, people fail to develop an understanding of the many factors influencing halitosis. Many individuals neglect treating bad breath internally, where it really needs to be treated. They often rely on cleverly marketed toothpastes, rinses, and other dental devices to end their nagging breath issue. However, these practices are often ineffective at permanently treating the issue.
What is Halitosis
Halitosis is defined as having stale, or foul-smelling breath. However, chronic bad breath is a much more complex than this simple definition. There are a lot of internal and external factors that influence the development of this “stinky” problem.
Some of the conditions leading experts suggest that normal anaerobic sulfur-producing bacteria that live within the surface of the tongue and throat are to blame, while others believe that certain digestive irregularities and improper diet are the main culprits. Whatever its origin, one thing can be agreed upon; the road to fresh breath begins with oral hygiene and ends with how well you take care of yourself on the inside.
The American Dental Association stands by the theory that diet (i.e. what you consume) directly impacts how your breath smells. In fact they even say that, “what you eat affects the air you exhale.” We have all encountered garlic or onion breath, so this does make sense.
Once food is digested, it’s broken down and assimilated within the body, where it is then absorbed by the bloodstream. This blood eventually reaches the lungs and is used for exhalation processes. Again, toothpastes, mouthwashes, and lozenges only mask this problem.
Neglecting oral care can also contribute to poor or foul-smelling breath. If we do not floss and brush daily, food particles remain between our teeth. What’s more, this left-over food can collect on the tongue, gums, and even on the surface of the teeth, collect bacteria, and begin to rot. This decay also influences how well your breath smells to others.
Volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs), derived from anaerobic sulfur producing bacteria, have also been found to cause bad breath. Interestingly, these bacteria are naturally-occurring organisms found within the oral cavity and throat. They assist us in specialized processes, including digestion. However, when these bacteria come in contact with certain compounds obtained from food (i.e. amino acids), sulfuric compounds are released from the back of throat and tongue. Thus, it is important to adjust dietary standards to prevent these volatile sulfur compounds from becoming odorous.
Some people, especially those with chronic bad breath, seem to have higher numbers of these odor-causing bacteria. Other theories regarding the cause of halitosis include hormonal changes, history of medication use (e.g. antibiotics), and even genetic predisposition.
The number one risk factor for unpleasant odors and taste in the mouth (other than immediate food consumption) is poor oral health care. Without regular and proper brushing and flossing, food particles will remain in the mouth. As well, routine examinations by your dentist are equally critical in the pursuit of fresh breath.
Your dentist can remove gum and plaque that regular brushing and flossing cannot remove. Poor oral health also includes failing to clean dentures, as food and bacteria can cling to these structures much like real teeth. Other major influences include:
- Post Nasal Drip, or problems with the sinuses: Mucus draining down the back of the throat and tongue, where sulfur producing bacteria thrive, may cause bad breath. Scientists suggest that because mucus is made of interlinked strands of protein, and proteins contain amino acids that contain sulfur compounds, the naturally-occurring bacteria break down the mucus protein and release VSCs (volatile sulfur compounds), which are said to smell like rotten eggs.
- High Protein Foods: Again, anaerobic sulfur producing bacteria love proteins. What’s more, some 70% of all Americans suffer from lactose intolerance. Because these individuals fail to digest the various milk-based proteins efficiently, the bacteria have a longer ‘window’ to break the milk protein’s amino acid structure down.
- Coffee and Tobacco Use: Coffee contains extremely high levels of acids that cause a bitter taste in the mouth and make breath ‘sour’. Additionally, coffee’s high acidity means that when it’s consumed, the anaerobic bacteria responsible for bad breath reproduce much faster. Acidity is paralleled to lower oxygen levels. Thus, any food high in acid will likely promote the reproduction of these odor causing organisms to increase. Tobacco smoke and smokeless tobaccos also contribute to bad breath and put one at a greater risk for developing periodontal disease, a decreased sense of taste, and gum irritation.
- Dry Mouth (xerostomia): Dry mouth is a primary contributor to halitosis. Dry mouth is characterized by decreases in natural saliva production. This is extremely detrimental to oral health because the mouth is unable to cleanse itself and remove any remnants left from foods that we consume. Additionally, our saliva is oxygen-rich, and helps to keep sulfur producing bacteria under control.
The majority of cases of dry mouth are caused naturally (e.g. breathing through the mouth too often). However, prescription medications, antihistamines, and alcoholic beverages can also influence saliva flow.
- Underlying Medical Conditions: Bad breath can be an indicator or symptom of another more serious disease or acute condition. These may include:
Respiratory Infection (nose, windpipe, or lungs)
Chronic Bronchitis, or chronic cough
Liver or kidney disorders
With its synergistic blend of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and potent botanicals, Clorial targets halitosis-causing bacteria and supports the health of your oral cavity.
Although Clorial cannot address bad breath caused by an underlying medical condition, it can help with all other major risk factors. Many individuals suffering from halitosis exhaust all options in their quest to manage their problem; primarily relying on their dentist’s recommendations. They are advised to use tongue scrapers, antimicrobial mouthwashes, and to receive regular dental check-ups.
However, the majority of individuals with halitosis will still suffer the personal and professional ramifications caused by irregular breath odor. What they fail to realize is that their answer relies on treating the problem from the inside, instead of on the surface.
Supplementing with Clorial ensures that oral health issues are addressed internally; keeping bad-breath causing bacteria under control.
- Antioxidants and vitamins, including CoQ10, Folic Acid, and vitamin C, assist in maintaining and improving the health of the gums.
- Xylitol and Peppermint Oil aid in reducing dental decay, while providing increases in salivation.
- Lactoferrin may be Clorial’s most important weapon. A naturally-occurring compound, Lactoferrin has been shown in various clinical trials to inhibit sulfur-producing bacteria and prevent the ability for these bacterium to use iron for growth; instead binding and destroying the bacteria and, subsequently, preventing them from releasing volatile compounds.
- Finally, the potent botanicals Thyme and Eucalyptus have been included for their antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal activity.