Halitosis Info for Professionals
The Cause of Bad Breath: When Bacteria Metabolize Proteins and Produce Volatile, Malodorous Chemical Compounds
The same type of gm negative anaerobic bacteria cause both breath odor and gum disease. An increase in harmful oral bacteria, even in otherwise healthy mouths, is by far the most common cause of this persistent and chronic condition. Bad breath-causing bacteria are found sub-gingivally, supra-gingivally, on the tongue, on the back of the throat and on tonsils where they are difficult to control.
Over the counter rinses do not penetrate these bacterial biofilms, so they can
not predictably control odors unless the halitosis is treated effectively. These bacteria digest and break down proteins, which produce foul smelling chemicals called ‘volatile sulfur compounds’ (VSCs). These VSC chemicals dissolve in saliva and coat nasal passages, affecting the sense of taste and smell, even impacting their overall health.
Specific VSC compounds (hydrogen sulfide, di-methyl sulfide and mercapthans) can be extremely toxic, irritate mucous membranes and open the space between mucosal cells so bacteria can penetrate deeper into gum tissues. It is not just a cosmetic concern.
The following conditions also contribute to bad breath symptoms:
- Periodontal disease
- Poor nutrition
- Dental cavities
- Sulfurous foods
- Hunger odor (ketosis)
- Hormonal changes
- Digestive disorders like acid reflux
- Some prescription drugs
More than 90% of halitosis is usually produced from oral sources and most dentists and hygienists were not trained to diagnose, locate nor treat breath odors. Before you recommend invasive and expensive medical tests for your patient, contact the OraVital breath experts for advice.
The patent-pending OraVital® System is exceptionally successful for treating patients with halitosis. It is a service that patients want, yet is only available through a specially-trained OraVital® Certified Clinic.