Bad Breath Treatment - Oxygenated Toothpaste
If you do not have bad breath or know someone with bad breath, you can skip this article. If however you are one of us, who at some point had a loved one come close and say 'Dearie, there is something I need to talk to you about... , then read on.
One of the most effective treatments for halitosis is the use of oxygenated toothpaste. Other remedies include treating gum diseases and other medical conditions such as diabetes.
Toothpaste has been used for a myriad of purposes including acne treatment, but this hub is all about halitosis.
What is an Oxygenating Toothpaste or Mouthwash?
These are unique products which deliver fresh oxygen when used for mouth cleaning.They have oxygen incorporated into their formulae.
The major advantage of oxygenated toothpaste is that has an effect on the germs that cause a special type of toothpaste with fresh oxygen infused into its formula. The bacteria most implicated with bad breath thrives in an oxygen-poor environment, hence oxygenating products kill most of them off.
Oxygenated mouthwashes and toothpastes are usually prescribed or advised for those who have bad breath, but we all can greatly benefit from using them.
One little known fact is that oxygen helps whiten the teeth and livens up the gum, preventing disease.So these products increase the concentration of oxygen in the mouth and throat while at the same time brightening your smile and warding off gum disease.
A few products actually have vitamins and minerals as additives. Constituents such as Vitamin E and Vitamin C are the usual add-ons.
Need Bad Breath Treatment? Change your toothpaste
Concepts related to Bad Breath Treatment
The more scientific name for bad breath. It is used to refer to breath that on exhalation is noticeably foul.
Also called periodontitis. A disease that affexts the gums and other tissue that support the teeth. It is a slow but progressive condition, and if left untreated could lead to loosening of the teeth and eventual loss of teeth.
Also called tonsil stones. They are accumulations of dead bacteria and other mineral debris in the crypts of the tonsils. They look like small white or yellow smelly curds that stink
Tooth decay refers to a situation where the teeth are affected by bacteria which eats away at the tooth structure leading to holes (dental caries)
A metabolic disorder showing up as impaired glucose metabolism. Some of the gases produced during these impaired metabolic processes may be foul smelling and are exhaled in the breath.
Causes of Bad Breath
There are bacteria present in all our mouths, mine and yours inclusive. In fact you would not be able to digest most foods especially proteins if these bacteria did not get a crack at them first.
What causes Bad Breath
Halitosis is caused mostly by the activity of these bacteria. Another common cause is gum disease or diabetes.
Most of these bacteria live at the back of the tongue towards the throat. Some can be found halfway down your throat. When they become overactive, they produce volatile sulfur compounds (VLC) and it stinks.
Tonsil Stones and Halitosis
If you have bad breath, once in a while you will produce small white smelly balls from the back of your throat. They are called tonsilloliths or tonsil stones and boy do they stink.
If you have ever try to pick them up with your fingers, you know exactly what I am talking about.
They develop around the tonsils crypts from a build up of these same bacteria and other debris such as minerals and are a leading cause of bad breath.
Most times the build up is shed and swallowed, but for some reason, in some people it remains there, slowly growing until it becomes a small whitish smelly mass.
These bacteria should not be regarded as infections to be eliminated by antibiotics as they are useful and universal. they only become a challenge due to over-activity and will need to be tamed.
That is where oxygenating toothpastes and mouthwashes come in.
They provide bursts of oxygen that fight the bacteria in your mouth and throat, reducing their number. These bacteria are anerobes, meaning they are oxygen hating.
Once you can get the oxygen to the back of your tongue and down the throat , the action of the bad breath causing bacteria is slowed down.
A proportion are eliminated and those that remain have their metabolism slowed down leading to a reduction in the VLS they can produce. All these shows as a fresher breath.
How do Oxygenating Toothpastes and Mouthwashes work
When you brush with the toothpaste or gargle with an oxygenating mouthwash, oxygen is released and it starts the process of oxidization. A lot of the bacteria are eliminated in the process.
The trick is to get the brush and paste as far down the tongue as you can. Brush all surfaces intensively, including the back of the tongue, gums, teeth and the top of the tongue.
The best way to get the best value for oxygenating toothbrush, combine with a similar mouthwash.
When both products are used in combination, your mouth feels brisk and sharp. The extra advantage is that your teeth get gradually whiter and any gum disease will get easier to treat.
My major aim of using oxygenating toothpaste was to keep gum disease at a minimum as I had a history of peridontis.
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The Best Oxygenated Toothpastes
It is not easy to select a particular brand as the 'best', as all the major manufacturers have their own brands, so I will just outline some factors to consider
Natural and Organic Brands
Some products contain a lot of herbs and nature sourced vitamins. Personally I do not think this affects the actual bacteria killing effect but they are greener and more environmental friendly.
A product I particularly like although not strictly oxygenating is Paradontax, made by the pharma giant GSK. It contains natural herbs such as rathania, chamomile, echinacea, mirra, mint and salvia.
Just reading the ingredient list makes me feel greener. (I did not particularly like the taste, and my teeth did not get any whiter)
If you have inflamed gums, you should buy brands that contain aloe vera and, mint, cloves and natural oils like tree oil or peppermint oil. Vitamins A, D and E are a useful constituent as they help with healing and elimination of free radicals.
How to use Oxygenating Toothpaste
The product must be SLS free for you to enjoy maximum benefit. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a constituent of many cosmetic and personal care products including toothpaste.
While I do not have anything against it in toothpaste generally (although shampoo with SLS makes my scalp flake), SLS reduces free oxygen counteracting the intended effect of the toothpaste.
Use Oxygenating Toothpastes and Mouthwashes
These products work, not just on your breath but also on your tooth color. It takes some time though. Don't expect to have fresh breath after a single use.
If you can find someone who is brave and loves you enough to serve as your smelling board, then check after a week of use and there will be noticeably fresher breath.
Choose the brand of oxygenating toothpaste you buy carefully to get the most out of it.
© 2013 Chuga
Anita on November 26, 2014:
Thank you so much.
God Bless you on this article.
Will sure use them paste/wash.
Chuga (author) from Africa on March 14, 2014:
Thanks for stopping by. You are very correct. Bacteria are not the only cause for bad breath. Gum diseases and metabolic illnesses as well as a host of medical conditions can lead to halitosis. Diet can't be overlooked either.
Oxygenating toothpastes can help if anerobic bacteria are the cause. They can be used as your everyday toothpaste and are a non invasive help.
Your gf in addition to changing her toothpaste should see a physician especially if she did not suddenly go on a garlic and spice diet.
Shahkar on October 31, 2013:
is it necessary that the bacteria killed by oxygenated toothpastes are the ones responsible for bad breath.
I mean there are certain bacteria that are resistant to oxidization. And it might be possible that those bacteria (i.e the ones resistant to oxidization) are the ones responsible for bad breadth.
So, we might end up buying oxidized toothpastes from amazon and this might even help us killing bacteria. But we might still have bad breadth problems.
PS: I never have bad breadth problems and my gf never had too. But she is having a lot of bad breadth problems of late which is making me rather skeptic.
mama on October 24, 2013:
FlourishAnyway from USA on October 24, 2013:
Congratulations on HOTD. Not only is this beneficial for oneself but it's also a public service if ya know what I mean. Nicely researched and written with great images, too! In my book, there are two essentials -- clean ears and clean teeth. Gonna go brush mine right now. If either are nasty, you cannot hide or cover them up.
Chuga (author) from Africa on October 24, 2013:
Thank you all for commenting. Oxygenating toothpastes work really well in helping with bad breath.
Melvina Roselyn on October 24, 2013:
Very interesting. I need to try this sometime soon.
RTalloni on October 24, 2013:
Interesting to learn more about oxygenating toothpastes/washes. Congrats on your Hub of the Day award!
Koralee Phillips from Vancouver British Columbia Canada on October 24, 2013:
Very interesting. I had no idea there was a difference in toothpaste. You explained Oxygenating Toothpaste very well.
SEEMA AQUA on October 24, 2013:
very good Article..
God Bless u
thanx for sharing
Monica Langley from USA on October 24, 2013:
Yes, you are right there are many bacterial stuff in all our mouths and this was great to read the bad breath section of this hub because i'm reading this kind of info first time. Thanks and congrats on hub's day :)