Most people are surprised to discover that brushing with fresh breath toothpaste meant to eliminate bad breath may actually worsen halitosis and increase the amount of bad breath bacteria in the mouth. According to the American Dental Association’s website (American Dental Association), brand name toothpastes consist of the following ingredients:
- Saccharin and/or other flavoring agents that contribute nothing to improving oral hygiene. The Environmental Protection Agency’s webpage describes saccharin as being “300 times sweeter than sugar or sucrose” (EPA) and available as calcium saccharin or sodium saccharin. Primarily used in diet sodas, jellies, juices and chewing gum, saccharin does not appear to promote tooth decay, but it has been linked to cancer and may interfere with insulin production, a problem seen in diabetics.
- Sodium lauryl sulfate is considered a “surfactant” and thickener found in toothpaste that is meant to produce a foaming action that makes it seem as though the toothpaste is “working” to clean teeth. Shampoos, laundry soap and floor cleaners also contain SLS to create foaming activity. However, studies performed on toothpaste harboring SLS have found that it also promotes development of canker sores, tissue sloughing and tooth enamel erosion due to its corrosive properties.
- Regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency, the European Union and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, triclosan is an antifungal and antibacterial agent also utilized in mouthwashes, deodorants and cleaning products since 1972. According to an article by K.L Rule et al, entitled “Formation of chloroform and chlorinated organics by free-chlorine-mediated oxidation of triclosan” (Environmental Science Technology, 2005), triclosan is capable of combining with chlorine when diluted with tap water to create chloroform.
- The EPA has classified chloroform as a “probable human carcinogen”. For this reason, triclosan is now under investigation by the FDA as well as Health Canada (FDA and Triclosan).
- Benzalkonium chloride is a disinfectant and preservative found in toothpastes, nasal sprays, shampoos, contact lens cleaning solutions and eye drops and causes extreme allergic reactions in over 10 percent of the population.
Healthy Fresh Breath Toothpaste
Exceptional toothpaste should contain powerful yet gently effective ingredients such as zinc gluconate, sodium fluoride, proprietary stabilized Oxychlor compounds and xylitol.
These ingredients (along with natural peppermint oil and aloe barbadensis) are found in Dr. Katz’s TheraBreath toothpastes, mouthwashes, sprays, drops and gum. TheraBreath products contain no alcohol, abrasives or other questionable ingredients that are not conducive to fresh breath and good oral hygiene.
Reasons why TheraBreath’s special blend of ingredients provides such excellent relief from bad breath include:
- The ability of zinc gluconate to assist in remineralization of tooth enamel, prevent enamel erosion and inhibit the formation of proteins that provide food for bacteria-causing bad breath
- Anti-cavity benefits garnered from sodium fluoride, a substance that also strengthens enamel by enhancing the mineral composition of teeth. Tooth decay is a primary cause of bad breath and sodium fluoride is a proven preventative of dental caries
- Xylitol’s ability to curb growth of the mutans streptococci, a group of bacteria that significantly contributes to tooth decay. In addition, saliva mixed with xylitol is more alkaline than saliva without xylitol, a condition that maintains a healthy oral pH level and helps reduce the severity of bad breath.
- In addition, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has allowed products containing xylitol to make the claim that they do not promote cavities, even though xylitol is classified as a sugar substitute.
- The dynamic effectiveness of proprietary stabilized Oxychlor compounds, a formula exclusively created by Dr. Katz called OXYD-8 eliminates the root cause of bad breath by oxygenating the mouth and killing sulfurous anaerobic bacteria.
Eradicating chronic halitosis is the result of these ingredients working together to attack bacteria that emit gases called volatile sulfur compounds. VSCs are comprised of several, foul-smelling substances such as hydrogen sulfide, methyl mercaptan, cadaverine, putrescine and skatole.
When someone uses a fresh breath toothpaste containing ingredients like those found in TheraBreath products, they will experience a substantial increase in the Streptococcus salivarius bacteria, a “good” bacteria found in people with fresh breath and a sufficiently oxygenated mouth providing a continually sufficient flow of saliva.
In addition to brushing with an effectively formulated toothpaste twice a day, people wanting fresh breath and healthy teeth and gums should also:
- Floss regularly
- Use a waterpik or HydroFloss to clean debris off surfaces that cannot be reached with floss, such as concave spaces between teeth
- Gargle with an alcohol-free, antibacterial mouthwash to reach anaerobic bacteria lying in the back of the throat where rinsing does not reach
- Visit a dentist at least every six months for a professional cleaning and check-up
- Do not neglect tooth pain. Have it examined by a dentist as soon as possible to rule out the presence of cavities or other mouth problems
- Drink 6-8 glasses of water each day
- Eat more raw, crunchy vegetables and apples to help remove food debris from teeth and to promote a moister mouth.
Using fresh breath toothpaste containing quality, wholesome ingredients in addition to following these simple steps to attain excellent oral hygiene will soon have you enjoying the cleanest and most sweet-smelling breath you have ever experienced.