Treat, don’t cover up
We are bombarded on a daily basis by ads and promises about the next magic pill or solution that will help get rid of the embarrassing bad breath.
Bad breath is so troubling that the first thing one does in the morning is brush their teeth. People don’t primarily brush to protect against cavities and gum disease; they brush because no one can stand the horrible taste, the foul smell, and embarrassment associated with bad breath. Although toothpaste with fluoride is designed to help oral hygiene and fight cavities, how many truly brush for this primary reason? If the primary reason for brushing were to fight cavities, then why would anyone have to do it first thing in the morning when they haven’t yet eaten anything?
Fighting cavities and having healthy gums has taken a back seat to having clean, fresh breath. Bad breath is such a subconscious nuisance that many have stopped expecting to become free of bad breath. Many have been conditioned to accept the status quo and just live with bad breath by using mints, gums, and mouthwash for temporary relief.
At Bad Breath Institute™, we can’t persist enough that professional help is the only means of bringing bad breath under control. Any other aids, especially those made with harmful ingredients such as alcohol, are nothing more than cover-ups that actually cause more bad breath. To have fresh and clean breath, one needs to first treat bad breath.
Gums, mints, sprays: These are all masking agents and they do not cure or treat bad breath. This is why one has to continuously use these products. These products generally contain high levels of sugar. A sweet, minty tasting mouth is not necessarily a healthy, clean mouth. The sugars in these compounds actually serve as a food source for the bacteria in your mouth that cause bad breath. Sugarless products are recommended by Dentists, but only as an agent to encourage saliva flow and to keep your mouth wet. Contrary to misconception, Dentists do not recommend sugarless gums to help cure or treat bad breath. A high level of saliva can help reduce the intensity of bad breath.
Mouthwash: The cause of bad breath is oral bacteria. Although alcohol is an excellent agent in killing germs, it also dries and dehydrates the mouth. A dry mouth promotes bacterial growth, which in turn increases bad breath.
Zinc Chloride and alternative mouthwashes: Although zinc-containing mouthwashes and other new breath aids do not contain alcohol, they claim they release oxidants that help attack bacteria. This process, even if effective, can not replace proper physical treatments and oxygenation of the mouth.
Toothpastes containing Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, also found in shampoo and other detergents, promotes foaming action; however, it is very abrasive, causes soft tissue damage in the mouth, and eventually, could lead to ulcers and sores. Many types of toothpastes contain this element because the foaming action makes the user believe the solution is actually penetrating. The public has been conditioned, incorrectly, to believe foaming action means cleanliness.
Ingestible or sprinkle breath capsules: The whole concept of breath capsules is exaggerated; 95% of bad breath comes from bacteria in the mouth and on the tongue. Breath capsules are supposed to work in your stomach, which means they work with the concept that your bad breath is emanating from your stomach. That is far from the truth. Although this concept is an important medical diagnosis to consider in the Dental field, both the stomach and systemic diseases are not commonly the primary causes of the bad breath people typically experience.
Properly treating bad breath is a process. After initial commitment, the results achieved can be preserved by proper maintenance and routine care. Although some home remedies are helpful, they function best when combined with professional treatments.
Achieving fresh breath is a two step process. First one treats and controls bad breath, then one attempts to get fresh breath. One cannot get fresh breath without treating the underlying bad breath. To achieve effective, strong and long lasting fresh breath, one needs to first treat bad breath.
At Bad Breath Institute™, we treat bad breath before guiding you to achieve fresh breath. Our method, known as Airigation®, treats bad breath and helps put you back on the path of achieving long-lasting, clean, and fresh breath.