Halitosis? Just A Fancy Name For Bad Breath
One common response of activity of bacteria in the mouth is bad breath (halitosis). While it can’t be confirmed for certain, almost all adults probably suffer from periodic halitosis but it has been projected that perhaps 25% suffer from halitosis on a chronic basis. There are actually two types of bad breath. Periodic bad breath is the result of foods such as garlic and onions and usually only lasts from 24-72 hours. The smell of chronic bad breath results when bacteria in the mouth and on the tongue brings about the formation of volatile sulfur compounds (VSC’s) as hydrogen sulfides. The presence of gum (periodontal) disease can also be caused by persistent halitosis. Brushing your teeth, flossing and the use of mouthwash may not remedy this type of chronic halitosis and expert breath therapy may be needed.
This is because the majority of over-the-counter breath “cleansing” mouthwashes do not get rid of foul breath. They can simply hide it temporarily. An independent analysis of fifteen mouthwash products revealed that while each of them covered up bad breath after ten minutes, only a few were still doing the job after a few hours. Additionally, the majority of mouthwash products and solutions have alcohol that dries soft oral tissue and ultimately leads to even quicker formation of odor-causing bacteria.