What can cause the bad breath associated with allergies, post nasal drip, or sinus congestion?During allergy season, many people experience experience excess mucus and phlegm build-up, as well as congested sinuses. Scientifically, the anaerobic bacteria that cause bad breath love the amino acids cysteine and methionine, which are the building blocks of the proteins that are found in mucus and phlegm (and dairy foods, too! Check out my article on food that may cause bad breath). This is a natural reaction for many people and unfortunately, ends up causing more bad breath and awful tastes.
What steps can be taken to help prevent bad breath during allergy season?If you suffer from allergies, excess mucus, sinus congestion or post nasal drip there are essentially only a few different routes that you can take:
1. Use medication and/or drugs to dry up the sinuses and prevent mucus buildup - all the while being careful to avoid a dry mouth, a likely side-effect of virtually all antihistamines (see below). Dry mouth is the most common initiator of bad breath because it mimics an anaerobic environment, perfect for the bacteria to pump out Volatile Sulfur Compounds (VSC's). You should be careful about using any antihistamine frequently - many are habit forming!
2. Use TheraBreath Nasal Sinus Formula. By squeezing 3-4 drops into each nostril (and then lightly inhaling to move the potent formula through the sinuses) twice daily, most people can finally experience that fresh breath and taste feeling by eliminating the production of the VSC's created by the reaction of mucus and the anaerobic sulfur producing bacteria.
3. For chronic sinus problems, many patients will find relief by using the Hydropulse® (an amazingly effective Nasal-Sinus Irrigator, designed by an Ear Nose & Throat specialist) to flush the sinuses. (It works even better when you add just 2-3 drops of AktivOxigen serum into the trough before each use.)
4. Minimize the amount of post-nasal drip in your throat and sinuses, and eliminate the #1 side effect of excess mucus, bad breath, by using oxygenating oral care products, such as TheraBreath, TheraBreath PLUS, AktivOxigen, PerioTherapy, and TheraBrite.
Medication and drugs may help prevent post-nasal drip, but at what cost?
There are dozens of different over-the-counter nasal decongestants and antihistamines that you can use to help relieve congestion and dry up excess mucus. Some of them do what their manufacturers claim they can do, but most of them perform the job too well! They create an extremely dry mouth, which exacerbates bad breath. Even in cases where the dry mouth side effect is minimal, when you stop taking that medication, the problem often comes back even worse! This is because in some cases your body will actually develop a resistance to any antihistamines or nasal decongestants, especially nasal sprays (be careful, because many sprays are habit forming, but NOT TheraBreath formulas)!
Nasal Irrigation is probably the most effective method of eliminating post-nasal drip and helping to control sinus infections. The Hydro Pulse Sinus Irrigator is an FDA registered device supported by over 37 published medical reports. The unique pulsatile irrigation of the Hydro Pulse helps to restore ciliary function and relieve post nasal drip. A short period of regular use can stimulate the cilia (the tiny hair-like fibers in the nasal sinus passages) to restore their natural protective "sweeping & cleansing" action.
When you feel a sinus condition come about, or feel that you have persistent post-nasal drip and excess mucus, consistent daily use for 10 days should result in a clearing of the condition.
For people who don't really have sinus problems, just "off-and-on" or seasonal post-nasal drip, then an alternative (and better) solution might be to minimize the amount of excess mucus in the back of the throat and more importantly to make sure to neutralize the odor caused by this excess mucus.
There are three key formulas that most of my patients find extremely effective at neutralizing the odor caused by post-nasal drip:
Nasal-Sinus Drops Eliminate Odor From The Sinuses
These drops are highly effective at cleansing the sinuses (a very hard-to-reach area) of the volatile sulfur compounds that cause bad breath.
AktivOxigen Tablets Create an Unflavored Oral Rinse to Cleanse the Back of the Throat
These tablets make an unflavored oral rinse that you can actually swallow - this gets much deeper down in the throat than just regular rinsing, and it will actually help break down post-nasal drip congestion and excess mucus in the throat.
TheraBreath Fresh Breath Throat Spray With It's Patented 6.9cm Spray Nozzle Reaches The Back of the Tongue Where Few Other Sprays Can Reach
The Fresh Breath Throat Spray has been extremely popular as its nozzle applicator is very effective at applying the formulas to the back of the throat and tonsils, which is a very common problem area for people with post nasal drip and excess mucus.
When I first started treating my own daughter's breath problem over 15 years ago, I never dreamed that I would end up helping so many people all over the world who had the same problem that was often misdiagnosed by other dentists for far too long. It was only a few years into our clinical therapy that I realized that every case of bad breath is different and that there is no such thing as one formula to treat every case of halitosis.
We've been here for the last 15 years to help our patients prevent bad breath, sinus congestion, and awful tastes, and we'll be here for many more years to come. If there is anything we can do to help, please don't hesitate to contact us - that's why we're here!
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