Busting Bad Breath Myths

By Steve / January 27th, 2016

We are surrounded by information – on the Internet, TV, magazines, and from the ever-so-wise neighbour next door. But having access to so much knowledge presents one challenge: separating fact from fiction. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common misinformation about bad breath. Read on and find out how you can achieve a breath that’s so fresh others will ask you “How is that possible?!”

Top 5 Bad Breath Myths

1. Bad breath comes from the foods we eat

OK, we all know that onions and garlic leave behind an offensive odour. But this is only temporary. There are no foods that can be attributed to the chronic bad breath that plagues nearly 40 million people. This condition and distinct malodour is linked to elevated levels of anaerobic, sulphur-producing bacteria (VSC’s), which typically accumulate on the rough surface on the back of the tongue. So, continue to enjoy your spicy and flavourful foods … just brush thoroughly afterwards!

2. If I had bad breath, I’d know it

Ah, wouldn’t that be a relief? Not so easy I’m afraid! Research indicates we do not have the ability to smell our own oral malodour. This is attributed to adaptation and dulling of sensation due to continual exposure. Give yourself peace of mind that your breath is always its freshest by using a mouth rinse containing an active ingredient specifically to neutralise VSC’s. CB12 mouth rinses fight bad breath with the exclusive ingredients zinc and chlorhexidine in low concentrations which are scientifically proven to eliminate the VSC’s by safely neutralising the sulphur bonds in cellular by-products that are responsible for bad breath

3. Bad breath originates from the stomach

Only on very rare occasions does bad breath result from stomach and/or digestive problems. Studies show that nearly 85 percent of malodour originates in the mouth. Those anaerobic, sulphur-producing bacteria find their way into the crevices of the soft and hard tissues of the mouth and, primarily, the surface of the tongue. That’s why keeping your breath its freshest starts with a clean tongue. Volatile sulphur compounds (VSCs) responsible for bad breath “hide” deep in the grooves of the tongue where toothbrushes can’t reach. Tongue cleaners remove up to 75 percent of the odours that a toothbrush can’t.

4. If I brush my teeth I will eliminate bad breath problems

Unfortunately, brushing alone is not effective in eliminating the bacteria that is responsible for oral malodour. While good oral hygiene is very important for managing bacteria accumulation, the daily regimen for thorough cleansing should include proper tooth brushing, flossing and deep tongue cleaning.

5. I can rinse with a mouthwash and use breath mints to control my bad breath

While there are many claims about these types of products, the majority are ineffective and actually worsen bad breath. Many mouth rinses and mints work for only a few minutes, at best, by masking odour with strong flavourings. And the alcohol content in a lot of mouth rinses (up to 27 percent) causes drying of the tissues in the mouth, allowing the odour-causing bacteria to flourish and can potentially put you at risk to other diseases.

Closing Thoughts

Now that you’ve got the information, it’s time to put it to use. Ask any of our hygiene team if you are concerned about bad breath & we can recommend dental hygiene products that are carefully formulated to provide the ultimate in fresh breath protection for your entire family safely and effectively.

Written by Gayle Fagan, our senior Hygienist Therapist in Perth.

Last updated May 2nd, 2018