Why Your Oral Products (Mouthwash, Toothpaste, Chewing Gum, Spray, etc) May be GIVING you Bad Breath!
Posted: September 10, 2007In order to stop bad breath, you must stop the production of the volatile sulfur compounds. The only safe and clinically-proven way to do so is to "oxidize" away the sulfur compounds and the bacteria that create this problem.
For several decades the large pharmaceutical companies have made commercial products that do not oxidize away the Odorous and Lousy-Tasting Sulfur compounds created by anaerobic bacteria. Many attempt to "help" the public, but merely rely on "masking agents" which essentially cover-up the malodor and sour, bitter tastes produced by the sulfur compounds with other stronger tastes (some medicinal and minty) and fragrances.Alcohol:
The end result was a "masking chemical" + high levels of alcohol. Alcohol makes your breath worse. Alcohol, in chemical terms, is classified as a DESICCANT, or DRYING AGENT. As you know from information in this website and possibly your own personal problem, the dryer your mouth gets - the worse your breath gets.
Here's how much alcohol (in Percentage and Proof) is contained in the leading products below:
Other "BAD" Ingredients
You may also ask yourself, "If those common products kill the germs that cause bad breath (like they say they do), then why do I still have bad breath?"
Ingredients in Oral Products
Here are some other "strange" ingredients added to mouthwash and other oral products!
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: Stop Your Washing Your Mouth With Soap!
Unfortunately, the public is unaware of the ingredients in products they use on a daily basis. For instance, nearly every toothpaste contains an ingredient that has been proven to dry out your mouth, and is now scientifically linked to canker sores. It's called Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), and is placed into toothpaste (and some mouthwashes) in order to create foaming! (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is also the main ingredient in your shampoo - go check it out.) The harshness of this chemical has been proven to create microscopic damage to the oral tissue which lines the inside of your mouth, which then leads to Canker Sore production. The microscopic damage and "shedding" of vital oral tissues" provides a protein food source to the bacteria that create the volatile sulfur compounds of Halitosis and taste disorders. That's why TheraBreath Oral Products have never contained Sodium Lauryl Sulfate!SLS ( sodium lauryl sulfate ) acts just like a detergent. It is used in the laboratory as a membrane destabilizer and solubilizer of proteins and lipids. SLS is used in toothpaste to emulsify (mix) oil and water based ingredients together. In your toothpaste it creates the foam you get when brushing. Since it is classified as a soap, you will easily understand, why this ingredient can cause drying inside the mouth for many individuals. The dryness is one of several factors that will lead to bad breath.
Would you give Saccharin to your children? Well, you are - when you provide them with Children's toothpaste from some of the major companies - take a look at their ingredients.
The only toothpaste, formulated to fight bad breath by oxidation AND which does not contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate & Saccharin is TheraBreath.
This is a chemical that is NOT an oxygenating compound. It sounds like a chemical used in oxygenating products, but in order for it to even start to produce oxygenation, the pH of the solution would need to have a pH of -1 (that's right -1!). Historically, scientific papers refer to many cases of accidental Sodium Chlorate Poisoning. Consequently, oral products containing chlorates were taken off the market in the UK over 60 years ago! (A bibliography of scientific papers on Sodium Chlorate).
Benzalkonium Chloride had been used for many years as a preservative in eye drops and also in nasal sprays and drops. Recently, researchers in Europe discovered that this preservative was causing a great deal of allergic reaction among users. It is now estimated that fully 10% of the population is allergic to Benzalkonium Chloride.
Other studies have shown a direct relationship between BKC and contact dermatitis, another allergic reaction.
Based on these facts, pharmaceutical companies have started to produce eye and nasal drops WITHOUT BKC in order to provide better products to the public.