Mouth and Its Relationship to Bad Breath, Sour, and Bitter Taste
is a very important part of Oral Health. With regards to the topic of dry mouth,
saliva provides three important functions:
enzymes to help with digestion of food
a method to stabilize the pH (keep the acid levels in check)
high levels of oxygen in order to keep oral tissues healthy and fresh.
you suffer from dry mouth (Xerostomia) symptoms, you naturally have less
saliva. In turn, less saliva means less oxygen. If there is less oxygen available
in the oral environment you have an anaerobic environment, which is perfect for
these sulfur-producing bacteria. In essence, the bacteria are now capable of making
high levels of sulfur gases, which in turn make the breath and taste worse.
We are the only National Breath Center that includes in their standard
treatment an all natural Saliva-Stimulation medication that we import
from Sweden. This medication actually stimulates the salivary glands
to produce an oxygen-rich type of saliva, which works extremely well
with our Stabilized Chlorine Dioxide oral rinse and oral gel in order
to inhibit the production of the foul-smelling and tasting sulfide
and mercaptan compounds.
There are various types of "tongue formations" which are merely
descriptions of the geography of the tongue. Generally, the rougher one's tongue,
the more likely they are to have a bad breath problem. This is connected to the
belief by some that "bad breath" can be an inherited trait. Truthfully, one cannot
inherit the bacteria of bad breath, but one can inherit a specific "shape or geography"
of tongue, just as one would inherit a parent's eye color, hair color, height,
and ear shape.
In the graphic on this page, one sees a deep groove going
down the middle of the tongue; this is known as a "fissured" tongue and it may
lead to a great deal of the anaerobic bacteria breeding at the bottom of this
fissure, because Oxygen cannot get to the bottom of the fissure (another reason
why tongue scraping without oxidizing products, is a waste of time.)
Some people may have a condition known as "hairy tongue", which again describes
the fibers that make up the tongue (papillae), being slightly longer than the
norm. The longer the papillae, the more rough the appearance of the tongue and
of course the better to trap the sulfur producing bacteria.
tongue becomes very dry, or if the tongue becomes abused by extra hard scraping
or brushing, the outer layer becomes very sensitive. One prevalent condition among
older people is "burning tongue syndrome". It is common among both sexes, but
slightly higher among women. That fact has caused some scientists to believe that
there is a hormonal component to "burning tongue syndrome". Many patients who
are diabetic, may notice a burning of the tongue, once they become thirsty. It
is important, when one has these types of symptoms, to stay away from alcohol-based
oral rinses. The resulting pain is indescribably painful according to many of
The standard recommendation for
Burning Tongue Syndrome is the following:
(among patients we
1. Stop using commercial any dry mouth aids or oral
products which contain Alcohol and/or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (see list of oral
products at "Oral Products That Create Halitosis").
2. Stop drinking
citrus juices (tomato, orange, grapefruit, etc.)
3. Avoid coffee
4. Do not smoke
5. See your physician regarding possibility of Diabetes
or Thyroid Problems
Daily Oral Regimen for
Those who Have Burning Tongue Syndrome:
Coat tongue twice daily with Therabreath ToothGel available at The
California Breath Clinics and let sit on tongue for 90 seconds.
b. Rinse with 1-2 capfuls of our Oral Rinse for
c. Drink 8 glasses of water per day.
d. Take Vitamin C on a daily basis as recommended
Tonsils and Tonsiloliths:
(Those white-yellow globs that get stuck in your throat).
can breed very easily in the back of the throat, and especially the tonsils (if
you have them.) One important fact to remember: The bacteria never start off in
the throat or tonsils. They only get there because the "bugs" originate on the
back of the tongue – which contacts the throat & tonsils EVERY TIME you swallow.
When someone has post nasal drip or allergies, it is possible to form little "white
globs" – scientifically known as Tonsiloliths. They are a combination of sulfur
compounds (produced by the bacteria) and mucous (from post nasal drip). Their
smell (if you’ve checked them out) is very STRONG! Do not attempt to pick them
out yourself – you’ll cause a lot of bleeding. Many dentists and physicians don’t
know what they are – they are not food particles and it is not the sign of infection.
Do not run out and have a tonsillectomy – because you will still have bad breath
– because the bugs are still on the back of your tongue. (If you no longer have
your tonsils, a similar reaction takes place if you have had a history of sore
throats – your throat is much rougher).
Here's what an increasing number
of my patients have done to solve this problem: We have recently developed a concentrated
tablet, known as AktivOxigen Tabs, as an addition to our TheraBreath product
line. When added to an 8 oz. bottle of water, the tablet will create a powerful
Oxygenating solution which one can use as their mouthwash and Gargle. Patients
with tonsils, post nasal drip, or a white coating on their tongue have told me
that if they Drink 4-5 capfuls of this solution, even their morning breath disappears!
(It's because the oxygenation attacks the bacteria and their odorous sulfur production
on the very back of the tongue, throat and/or tonsils – which cannot be reached
through any other method.) You can also make a double strength Solution by adding
2 tablets to the 8 oz. bottle. AktivOxigen Tabs are easy to carry around
and the resulting Unflavored solution is also very refreshing!
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