Not only are the health risks of smoking that of lung cancer, emphysema and heart disease, smokers breath can cause some complications also.
Firstly let’s start by explaining what a smoker’s breath actually is.
Smoker’s breath is not only the by-products that are left on the teeth. Part of the odour is caused from the by-products but mostly a smoker’s breath is caused from a dry mouth.
What are the causes of a smoker’s breath and what problems could arise from it?
Dry mouth can be a problem for smokers as well as non-smokers. The dry mouth is essentially a bigger problem for a smoker. Dry mouth occurs because not enough saliva is forming on the roof of the mouth. Saliva is very important for many reasons but one of them is that it contains oxidation properties that help to keep bacteria at bay. One side effect for a smoker is the possibility that the salivary glands get inflammation which makes it difficult for the production of more saliva which will then lead to smoker’s breath.
Other problems that afflict smokers are gingivitis and periodontitis. Smokers are more likely to develop these problems than non-smokers. Gingivitis is a condition where the gums become inflamed and if left untreated will progress to periodontitis. Periodontitis is a serious gum disease where the gums pull away from the teeth creating pockets where food can get into and the bacteria can attack and will cause bad breath and other problems such as tooth loss. When plaque builds up it will destroy many of the good enzymes that are needed for good oral health.
How can smoker’s breath be treated?
Only quality toothpastes and oral rinse have shown to be effective when treating many of the problems that can afflict smokers. The most important ingredients in these products to look for are chlorine dioxide or sodium chlorite. These components neutralise the sulphur compounds that are the culprits for the foul odour that is associated with halitosis. Other ingredients that work well for the treatment of smokers breath and that are all natural are aloe vera, green tea and probiotics. Therabreath PLUS oral rinse is a great mouth wash to eliminate the smoker’s breath.
Therabreath products are regarded as one of the highest standards in oral care products because of the effectiveness against a diversity of oral health problems which include dry mouth, halitosis and smokers breath. One of the major reasons why Therabreath products work so well is because they help to produce oxygen and they neutralize the acid in the mouth very similar to what the body’s own saliva does.
The prevention of smoker’s breath
The most important products of course are toothpaste and oral rinse that contain the ingredients that have effectively been proven to fight smoker’s breath and other causes of bad breath. These products are very effective at treating the bad breath for those who suffer from mild halitosis. For chronic halitosis, additional products will be needed to ward off dry mouth and bad breath.
One of these products is Therabreath Mouth wetting Mandarin Lozenges. Unlike other lozenges, these don’t contain any sugars or saccharin which means that there are no sugars that cling to your teeth and feed the bad breath causing bacteria. The lozenges have a citrus minty flavour which works great to quickly eliminate any foul odour that are caused by a dry mouth and halitosis. The zinc and xylitol get to work quickly on the germs that cause the bad breath, and the added salivary agent will help to stimulate the salivary glands to do what they must do.
Some other products would include Therabreath Throat Spray that includes a nozzle which is able to reach those hard to reach places right at the back of the throat. The throat spray is extremely effective in hitting one of the most stubborn sources of sulphur-producing bacteria and stops it at its source; this is because Therabreath throat spray has an oxygenating effect. The Sugar free gum and ZOX mints are also very effective in neutralizing bad breath and they are very handy to have when halitosis hits you on the go.
Why Therabreath Products?
Most over the counter toothpastes and oral rinses do not contain the quality ingredients needed for instant relief and long lasting results. Most of these over the counter oral products contain sugars, alcohol, saccharin and sodium lauryl sulphate. These ingredients could cause a dry mouth producing more bad breath bacteria. They do have minty or other pleasant scent’s but this will only mask the smokers breath for a very short time, and the symptoms will return even worse than before.
These over the counter products are less pricey than Therabreath products, but they do not have the ingredients to prevent and stop halitosis, and have long lasting effects. Most of these over the counter products will only mask the problem but they will not get to the root of the problem. Of course it is always better to cut back or to quit smoking all together to eliminate smoker’s breath, but until such time that a person is ready, Therabreath is there to help keep your breath fresh at all times.