Is Dry Mouth One Of The Major Causes Of Bad Breath?
Having enough saliva is a very important part of oral health. Saliva provides three really important functions:
1. Provides enzymes that will help with the digestion of food
2. Helps stabilize the pH (keep the acid levels in check)
3. Provides high levels of oxygen in order to keep oral tissues healthy and fresh.
If you have dry mouth, also known as Xerostomia, then you naturally produce less saliva. If there is less saliva, then there will be less oxygen available in the oral environment. This will make it an anaerobic environment which is the ideal conditions for sulfur-producing bacteria to breed. Essentially, these bacteria are now capable of creating high levels of sulfur gases which makes your breath smell and taste worse.
There is an all-natural breath mint, ZOX Breath Fresheners, designed to stimulate saliva flow and freshen your breath. Containing no sugar, aspartame, or saccharin, this breath lozenge uses its patented zinc/oxygen/xylitol formula to naturally stimulate the salivary glands to produce an oxygen-rich type of saliva, which works extremely well with our Stabilized Chlorine Dioxide oral rinse and oral gel in order to restrict the production of the foul-smelling and tasting sulfide and mercaptan compounds.
It is also true that some tongue formations are also more conducive to dry mouth than others. Generally, the rougher one’s tongue, the more likely they are to have a problem with their breath. This is related to the belief by some people that halitosis can be an inherited trait. Truthfully, you cannot inherit the bacteria associated with bad breath, but you can inherit a specific shape or geography of tongue just as you could inherit your parent’s eye color, hair color and height.
In the graphic on this page, one sees a deep groove going down the middle of the tongue. This is known as a fissured tongue and it may lead to a great deal of the anaerobic bacteria breeding at the bottom of this fissure since oxygen cannot get to the bottom of the fissure (another reason why tongue scraping without oxidizing products is a waste of time.)
Some people may have a condition known as hairy tongue, which again describes the fibers that make up the tongue (papillae), being slightly longer than the norm. The longer the papillae, the more rough the appearance of the tongue and of course the better to trap the sulfur producing bacteria.
Once the tongue becomes very dry, or if the tongue becomes abused by extra hard scraping or brushing, the outer layer becomes very sensitive. One prevalent condition among older people is burning tongue syndrome. It is common among both sexes, but slightly higher among women. That fact has caused some scientists to believe that there is a hormonal component to burning tongue syndrome. Many patients who are diabetic, may notice a burning of the tongue, once they become thirsty. It is important, when one has these types of symptoms, to stay away from oral rinses that may burn or make your mouth dry. The resulting pain is indescribably painful according to many patients.
The standard recommendation for Burning Tongue Syndrome and Dry Mouth is the following:
1. Stop using oral products which make your mouth dry and/or contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.
2. Stop drinking citrus juices (tomato, orange, grapefruit, etc.)
3. Avoid coffee
4. Do not smoke
5. See your physician regarding possibility of Diabetes or Thyroid Problems
Daily Oral Regimen for Those who Have Burning Tongue Syndrome or Dry Mouth:
a. Coat tongue twice daily with TheraBreath ToothGel and let sit on tongue for 90 seconds.
b. Rinse with 1-2 capfuls of TheraBreath Oral Rinse for 90 seconds.
c. Drink 8 glasses of water per day.
d. Take Vitamin C on a daily basis as recommended on label.
Tonsils and Tonsiloliths:
(Those white-yellow globs that get stuck in your throat).
These bacteria can breed very easily in the back of the throat, and especially the tonsils (if you have them.) One important fact to remember: The bacteria never start off in the throat or tonsils. They only get there because the bugs originate on the back of the tongue – which contacts the throat & tonsils every time you swallow. When someone has post nasal drip or allergies, it is possible to form little white globs – scientifically known as Tonsiloliths. They are a combination of sulfur compounds (produced by the bacteria) and mucous (from post nasal drip). Their smell (if you’ve checked them out) is very strong! Do not attempt to pick them out yourself – you’ll cause a lot of bleeding. Many dentists and physicians don’t know what they are – they are not food particles and it is not the sign of infection. Do not run out and have a tonsillectomy – because you will still have bad breath – because the bugs are still on the back of your tongue. (If you no longer have your tonsils, a similar reaction takes place if you have had a history of sore throats – your throat is much rougher).
Many people who have disgusting breath have been using a concentrated tablet, called AktivOxigen Tabs, to eliminate this problem. When added to an 8 oz. bottle of water, the tablet will create a powerful Oxygenating solution which you can use as your mouthwash and gargle. People with tonsils, post nasal drip, or a white coating on their tongue have said that if they drink 4-5 capfuls of this solution, even their morning breath disappears! (It’s because the oxygenation attacks the bacteria and their odorous sulfur production on the very back of the tongue, throat and/or tonsils – which cannot be reached through any other method.) You can also make a double strength solution by adding 2 tablets to the 8 oz. bottle. AktivOxigen Tabs are easy to carry around and the resulting unflavored solution is also really refreshing.