- What is Bad Breath?
- What is Dry Mouth?
- Is all Bad Breath the same?
- Why don't other treatments work?
- I think I have bad breath, but I'm not sure. Do I have to have the full assessment and treatment to find out?
- My breath problem is really bad. I've tried everything and nothing works. What makes you so sure you can help me?
- For the past few months I have been getting lumps in the pockets of my tonsils. They get sore and make my breath smell bad. When I breathe through my nose, I can smell this myself. After a few weeks the lumps get big enough to fall out. It's alright for a few more weeks until the problem starts again. Could I have a bacterial infection of some sort?
- Is there an Oravital® Clinic in my area?
What is Chronic Bad Breath?
Chronic bad breath and bad taste problems are most often caused by the overpopulation of certain types of bacteria naturally present in the mouth. These bacteria are found specifically on the base of the tongue, the rough surface of the tongue and in between the teeth. The bacteria feed on the protein in saliva and tissues producing large amounts of volatile sulfur compounds (VSC's). It is generally these sulfur compounds that mix with mouth air to form bad breath. In addition, the following conditions may also contribute to bad breath problems:
- certain foods
- systemic diseases and conditions
- alcohol, tobacco and medications
- dental diseases and conditions
- hormonal changes and metabolic disorders
What is Dry Mouth?
Oral dryness can be the result of insufficient production of saliva. More often, we find that the dry and pasty feeling described by our clients is a response of the tongue and tissues of the mouth to an increased VSC production. Once the oral bacteria are reduced and their by-products eliminated, the sensation disappears and there is no longer a complaint of oral dryness.
Is all Bad Breath the same?
The odour of the breath depends on the type of VSC's that the bacteria produce. For example, hydrogen sulphide smells like stale cooked eggs while methyl mercaptan has a penetrating pungent odour. Both of these gases are usually present in bad breath along with other compounds also produced by the bacteria. The blending of all gaseous compounds is what determines the kind of bad breath that is present at any given time. In addition, many physical and medical conditions can add their own distinctive odours to the mix.
Why don't other treatments work?
There are over 80 individual strains of bad breath bacteria among the 500 or more bacteria types that naturally live in the mouth. Our research has enabled us to create specific treatments for these different types of odour-causing bacteria. For successful treatment, it's important to know which bacteria are causing the problem. It is very much like a chronic infection which a general-purpose formulation may or may not treat successfully. That is why all other available bad breath treatments work well for a few people, and for other people some of the time, but may not help you at all.
I think I have bad breath, but I'm not sure. Do I have to have the full assessment and treatment to find out?
Oravital® Certified Clinics offer consultations with an experienced clinician who will test your oral bacteria and help you decide whether or not your problem requires treatment. If your test results indicate any oral health problems, we will tell you that and recommend further testing and/or treatment. If your symptoms aren't that serious, we will tell you that too. In either case we will give you the information you need to choose the right solution for your individual problem, without any obligation or pressure to buy anything you don't want or need. Click here for more details about Oravital® Oral Health Diagnostics.
My breath problem is really bad. I've tried everything and nothing works. What makes you so sure you can help me?
Since 1993, Oravital® Certified Clinics (formerly Fresh Breath Clinic/OraFresh) have successfully treated thousands of people with chronic bad breath and related problems. Oravital® Certified healthcare professionals use special scientific methods and technology to determine the exact cause of every individual problem. We have the tools, experience, and expertise to help you beat your problem. If you are serious about wanting to live without bad breath, we have what it takes to help!
For the past few months I have been getting lumps in the pockets of my tonsils. They get sore and make my breath smell bad. When I breathe through my nose, I can smell this myself. After a few weeks the lumps get big enough to fall out. It's ok for a few more weeks until the problem starts again. Could I have a bacterial infection of some sort?
You most likely have tonsilloliths. These cauliflower-like lumps are a combination of bacteria, food debris, dead cells and mucus. This material accumulates in small pockets in the tonsils and eventually the action of the throat muscles forces some of it out. The odour from the tonsilloliths is unpleasant.
We have had considerable success in treating tonsilloliths with antimicrobial rinses such as chlorhexidine or with a mixture of antibiotics. The number of lumps present, the size and the frequency that they appear can all be reduced dramatically but it is rare that we can remove them completely. Many of our clients tell us that they may experience one or two very small lumps once every 4 to 6 months.
Although surgical procedures are not recommended except when the tonsil appears enlarged, inflamed and infected, a tonsillectomy (surgical removal of tonsils) is the most effective way to prevent the formation of tonsilloliths. Your doctor can advise you if a tonsillectomy should be considered.
Is there an Oravital® Clinic in my area?
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