In a recent CNN article, Dr. Anthony Youn, a plastic surgeon in Detroit, discussed the ugly mouth monster of bad breath. Both distracting and distressing, halitosis hinders everyday conversation. At its worst cases, it can strongly impact a person's self-esteem.
Many of us only have to deal with foul-smelling exhalations in the morning or after eating pungent foods. We know the a.m. odor as morning breath, which is a result of the reduction of saliva production during sleep. Snoozing leaves room for bacteria to take over. Strong foods can trigger a similar temporary effect. However, according to the Academy of General Dentistry, up to 80 million people suffer from halitosis as an ever-present problem.
Volatile sulfur compounds
Bad breath is caused by the excretion of anaerobic bacteria that live within your mouth. Thes microbes are bacteria that do not need oxygen to survive and produce sulfuric compounds. Think of the rotten egg and the barnyard smells - these are what are known as volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs). When you consume certain food or beverages, these VSCs are ignited. To fight off all of these forms of bad breath, Youn recommends using mouthwash that contains chlorine dioxide. One effective solution is TheraBreath's mouthwash, which uses a patented chlorine dioxide formula that neutralizes the stinky VSCs created by oral bacteria. You can find this product online or at participating stores.
While many dental care items claim to reduce odors, on the whole, they cannot bust the smell at its source. Chlorine dioxide is a hard-hitting ingredient that does exactly that - attack VSCs. When destabilized, chlorine dioxide serves as a bleaching agent. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 95 percent of industrial chlorine dioxide is used for one thing - bleaching wood pulp for paper. However, when stabilized and used in a mouth rinse, it can significantly reduce halitosis.
If the rotten smells don't disappear after a single rinse, consider washing one more time while still following the dosage instructions on the bottle.