Dry Mouth and its Relationship to Bad Breath, Sour, and Bitter Taste

Published: 25th January 2008
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Dry Mouth and its Relationship to Bad Breath, Sour, and Bitter

Saliva is a very important part of Oral Health. With regards to
the topic at hand, Saliva provides 3 important functions:

1. Provides enzymes to help with digestion of food
2. Provides a method to stabilize the pH (keep the acid levels
in check)
3. Provides high levels of oxygen in order to keep oral tissues
healthy and fresh.

If 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.

Dry mouth may cause bad breath. We are the only National
Breath Center that includes in their standard treatment an all
natural Breath Mint designed to stimulate saliva flow AND
freshen your breath. Containing no sugar, aspartame, or
saccharin, this breath lozenge uses its patented
zinc/oxygen/xylitol formula to naturally stimulate 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 restrict the production of the foul-
smelling and tasting sulfide and mercaptan compounds.

It is also true that some tongue formations are also more
conducive to dry mouth than others. 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.

Once the 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 oral rinses that may burn or
make your mouth dry. The resulting pain is indescribably
painful according to many of my patients.

The standard recommendation for Burning Tongue Syndrome
and Dry Mouth is the following:
(among patients we have treated)

1. Stop using oral products which make your mouth dry and/or
contain 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 or Dry Mouth:

a. Coat tongue twice daily with TheraBreath ToothGel and let
sit on tongue for 90 seconds.

b. Rinse with 1-2 capfuls of Oral Rinse for 90 seconds.

c. Drink 8 glasses of water per day.

d. Take Vitamin C on a daily basis as recommended on label.

Tonsils and Tonsiloliths:
(Those white-yellow globs that get stuck in your throat).

These bacteria 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 ¨C 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¡± ¨C
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 ¨C
you¡¯ll cause a lot of bleeding. Many dentists and physicians
don¡¯t know what they are ¨C they are not food particles and it
is not the sign of infection. Do not run out and have a
tonsillectomy ¨C because you will still have bad breath ¨C
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 ¨C your throat is much

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 ¨C 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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