As the anaerobic bacteria which cause bad breath reside within
the tongue itself it is impossible to remove these bacteria
completely by brushing or using a tongue scraper alone.
Scraping the surface of the tongue may remove excessive VSC
(a whitish film) that have surfaced to the top of of the tongue.
Although bad breath is not necessarily an oral hygiene problem,
it is important to brush and floss to maintain oral health.
Maintain regular professional cleanings especially if you suffer
from Periodontal Disease (gum disease). Broken down diseased
tissue is bacterial nutrition. It is important to know that
most toothpaste contains sodium laryl sulphate which is used
as a foaming agent. This is actually a detergent which dries
out the mouth even more.
To effectively treat bad breath, the level of anaerobic bacteria
and the amount of VSC produced needs to be reduced and or neutralized.
Q: What products reduce anaerobic bacteria and neutralize
As ph is important, the product used needs to have a neutral
or slightly basic ph. As the bacteria thrive in an anaerobic
climate, the incorporation of an oxygenating complex would be
An oxidizing agent is needed to neutralize the volatile sulphur
compounds from the active sulfite to an inactive odorless, tasteless
sulfate form. The active ingredient is chlorine dioxide.
Chlorine dioxide besides neutralizing vsc is also an antimicrobial
Brush and floss using a chlorine dioxide toothpaste (avoid toothpaste
containing sodium laryl sulphate)
Use an oral mouthwash containing chlorine dioxide (gargle as
Use of a tongue scraper to remove any white coating as far back
as you can.
Regular professional cleanings.
Drink lots of water!!
Products currently available which claim to neutralize vsc include
Breath Remedy, BreathRx, CloSys11, Oxyfresh, Profresh and Therabreath
These products do not foam like regular toothpaste and do not
contain minty flavoring agents. They are bland tasting and some
may even find it unpleasant tasting, but they do appear to work.
Profresh is the only product that contains the active form
of chlorine dioxide. The others contain a stabilized form
of chlorine dioxide which needs an acidic environment to break
down to the active form. Some question their efficacy, while
others indicate that Profresh is overkill. Oxyfresh is the only
one that contains sodium laryl sulphate(a foaming agent-like
regular toothpaste) which some say may dry out the mouth. There
is inadequate research at this time to indicate any product
superiority and dentist.net recommends that you try the different
products until you find the one that works best for you.