Although estimates are a bit broad, it is believed that 20-90 million people are living with bad breath. So whether we’re talking one in ten, or one in three, that’s a lot of stinky exhales, and a lot of embarrassment for those affected by chronic bad breath. So what’s to blame for all this?
The Main Cause of Halitosis
For most people, 90 percent of chronic bad breath is oral in nature. Volatile Sulfur Compounds (VSCs) are usually to blame for this odor. VSCs are the by-product of harmful bacteria living in your mouth. And 80% of those buggers live on your tongue! You can click here to read about how tongue scrapers are such a big help in fighting bad breath.
That Other 10%
Though every patient is different. Sometimes, system conditions can contribute to bad breath. Although it’s not as common, oral carcinomas, diabetes, and liver and kidney abnormalities can create foul oral odors. Medications can also change the overall environment of your mouth. ENT (ear, nose, and throat) problems often play a major factor in the 10 percent of non-oral conditions. These may include chronic sinusitis, tonsillitis and inflamed adenoids.
Why “the Burn” is Bad
If your mouthwash is alcohol-based, it’s most likely making the problem even worse. You see, harmful bacteria hate oxygen. Your saliva is naturally filled with oxygen. Alcohol dries out your mouth – limiting the saliva and thus, reducing the oxygen in the environment. This creates the ideal spot for that harmful bacteria to flourish.
How to Treat Halitosis
- Scrape your tongue. It does wonders. It’s cost-effective. And it improves the overall health of your mouth. Invest the 30 seconds to do it daily, and you’ll be glad you did.
- Kick the burning mouthwash to the curb. Just say “no” to the chemically-laden rinses you find on store shelves.
- Use an alcohol-free mouthwash and toothpaste that are specifically designed to neutralize volatile sulfur compounds (VSC’s) on a molecular level. In other words, let science do the work for you.
So be of good cheer, my friend. Halitosis is totally treatable. You CAN obtain that “fresh breath confidence” you’ve wanted for so long. Now that you know what’s causing it, you can take action to get rid of it for good.
Does someone you love suffer from chronic bad breath? Do them a solid and send them this article. It might just mean they finally get relief from a long-time struggle.