Unlike 2 or 3 decades ago, women nowadays don’t lose their teeth after childbirth. Our teeth are generally stronger and we have better oral hygine. Unfortunately, halitosis has become more of a problem now than before. It is estimated that around 95% of us suffer from halitosis (or bad breath) at some time in our lives, and one in four adults suffer from it on a regular basis.
There are many culprits suspected as the main causes of bad breath, among them are periodontal disease which range from simple gum inflammation to serious disease that results in loss of teeth.
Periodontal disease, specifically gingivitis, is a problem that I can’t seem to get rid of naturally. And it has been a part of my life for decades. It’s not painful but seeing my gums not as pinky white as others, and sometimes bleeding during brushing and flossing can be quite distressing even after all these years. You’d think I had gotten used to it. Frankly speaking, I believe that my dislike to flossing could be one of the culprits.
The other reasons could be related to my general health. Why do I say so? Because, my gum bleeds even after I have visited the dentist and had proper scaling, etc. If it is due to gingivitis, a visit to the dentist and proper flossing should have stopped the problem. But no, it persisted even afterwards. So, my dislike of flossing may be due to its ineffectiveness. Still, I continue to floss almost daily….
I have to accept that gingivitis is part of me and consequently, halitosis or bad breath, the annoying thing that follows gingivitis.
Aside from various dentists and GP, I have also tried herbal medication, visited traditional practitioners, and used various toothpastes (which promises fresh breath). None resulted in significant improvement.
Dentiste’ Plus White Nightime Toothpaste
So, in continuing with my efforts to counter bad breath and possibly improve the health of my gums, I bought Dentiste’ Plus White Nightime Toothpaste at an online store a few months’ ago together with Dentiste’ Plus White Natural Oral Rinse and that got me a complimentary Genesis ProGumCare Tootpaste (120g)! Yeay!
I believe the Genesis ProGumCare tootpaste is valued at RM13.90. Now isn’t that amazing – something for the breath and the gum! 😀
Dentiste’ Plus White NIghtime Toothpaste (160g tube) cost RM25.90 while Dentiste’ Plus White Natural Oral Rinse (190ml) was RM15.90. I was intrigued with Dentiste’ Plus White Nightime Toothpaste because it claims to be able to greatly reduce morning breath due to its main ingredients which consists of 14 natural extracts that are antiseptic and antibacterial (Eucalyptus, Fennel, Mint, Catechu, Cinnamon, Commiphora, Glycyrrhiza, Ratanhia, Myrrhis, Clove, Salvia, Anise, Chamomile, and Echincea), Xylitol, CDX, Stable Vitamin C And Micronized Silica Complex.
The fact that it is actually for use during snooze time doesn’t deter me from using it during the day. In my opinion, it does help to reduce morning breath tremendously, but it does not eliminate it totally. So, the problem persists. Well, what can we expect? After hours of no water, surely some bacteria must survive in the mouth and ergo, bad breath! As for day time, the lovely effect doesn’t survive the morning coffee nor even tea, unfortunately. Maybe it works better with those who have no gingivitis problems.
Dentiste’ Premium Oral Rinse
How about Dentiste’ Premium Oral Rinse? Does it succeed at fighting bad breath during day time? Dentiste’ Premium Oral Rinse is said to bring immediate and long lasting fresh breath without causing teeth erosion.
So, if brushing is not possible after meal, I would swish this wonderful oral rinse for a few minutes and that helps to reduce bad breath for a while…. at least until the next meal. Here are the main ingredients:
As for Genesis ProGumCare, the taste is stronger than Dentiste’ Plus White NIghtime Toothpaste. Its ingredients are :
Calcium Carbonate, Purified Water, Hydrated Silica, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Cellulose Gum, Xylitol, Flavour, Herbal Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Green Colour Cl75810, Allantoin, Blue Colour Cl42060.
Genesis ProGumCare Toothpaste claims to address the early signs of sensitive gums and gingivitis and prevents gum disease recurrence.
One of its ingredients, Allantoin, is said to have natural benefits of preventing tissue damage and accelerating its restoration. Whether it is really true or not, only time will tell because honestly, I have not used much of yet as I am still using Dentiste’ Plus White Nightime Toothpaste and when that is finished I will concerntrate on exclusively using ProGumCare for at least a week or two.
However, one of its ingredients, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate is actually rated ‘3’ in EWG Skindeep database, which is the same rating as given to Sodium Laureth Suplhate (SLES). Like Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS, a surfactant used to boost a product’s cleaning power and create the foamy appearance), SLES is also used as a cleaning chemical and many believe that they both could be hazardous to health.
In EWG database, it is stated to be ‘suspected to be an environmental toxin’. Now, how about that?
As someone who still consumes delectable desserts that could cause diabetes, eat chicken that may be injected with antibiotics, enjoys ice cream that may have been made with milk taken from cows that are also injected with hormones and antibiotics, and a few other unsavoury habits, I am not going to say that these chemicals should be avoided, as it is a personal choice and everybody has the right to make decisions with regards to their body and health. But I believe that we should strive to do all things in moderation and be well-informed regarding our choices.
In short, Dentiste’ Plus White Nightime Toothpaste and Oral Rinse do help to reduce bad breath for a while but they are not true solutions.
What I need is something that helps eliminate the bacteria that causes bad breath and at the same time nurture good bacteria that helps to freshen the breath the whole day without the need to constantly brush my teeth or rinse my mouth after a few hours or after a meal. I think there is such a thing as too-frequent-brushing, and it’s not healthy.
Meanwhile, to those who are concerned about their teeth and mouth issues, here are some recommendations from Dr Pixie McKenna:
- Have a dental check-up yearly
- Brush your teeth morning and night time for at least 2 minutes
- Floss always
- Rinse your mouth with anti-bacterial or anti-odour mouthwash
- Replace toothbrush every 3 or 4 months
By the way, I have ordered another brand of oral products but am waiting for it to arrive. Stay tuned!