Few things will diminish your daily self-confidence like a chronic case of halitosis (severe bad breath). Do you completely avoid close conversations, warm hugs, and sweet kisses? Have you ever interacted with an acquaintance who doesn’t seem to realize how bad their breath smells as they lean in and speak closely to you. Mints, gum, and even brushing your teeth are likely to just mask someone’s halitosis for a temporary time. Do modern mouthwashes hold the key to eradicating bad breath so you can leave your worries at the door the next time you speak closely with someone?
The Cause of Bad Breath
The cause of most bad breath is simple: bacteria in your mouth. Throughout the day, bacteria collect on your tongue, producing hydrogen sulphide and other sulphur compounds. These compounds are often described as smelling similar to rotten eggs. Tongue scrapers, or brushing your tongue each day might help lessen chronic bad breath. However, attacking bacteria that have populated on the furthest back sections of your tongue can be difficult, especially if you have a sensitive gag reflex.
Mouthwashes, or mouthrinses can be classified into two categories: those that merely mask odors, and those that actually kill bacteria. A study conducted by a team of Cochrane Researchers began with five different trials and a total of 293 participants. Chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium were two antibacterial mouthwashes that proved to be significantly more effective than placebos when it came to eliminating bad breath. Chlorine dioxide and zinc mouthwashes were able to neutralize odor, but did not offer long term bad breath eradication. This makes sense, since the bacteria are still present after the pleasant smell from the mouthwash wears off.
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