How bad breath is eliminated instantly by Chlorine Dioxide, the active ingredient in RetarDEX® Oral Rinse, Toothpaste & Spray.
The dental profession are increasingly meeting the growing demand from patients with bad breath by offering specialist diagnostic and treatment services.
In order to prescribe a course of hygiene/periodontal therapy to help alleviate oral malodour a greater understanding of amino acids, protein, oral micro organisms and Volatile Sulphur Compounds (VSC) and their involvement in Halitosis and Periodontal Disease is crucial.
All soft tissues of the oral cavity are covered with epithelial cells. These cells are a little different from the epithelial cells that make up the skin, but they are from the same family. Both oral epithelium and skin epithelium are constantly being worn away by friction and use and are then replaced. Those cells that attach the gum to the teeth are, in health replaced every two to four days. Research has shown that when there is an increase in bacterial activity and/or inflammation is present, the rate of epithelial cell replacement is increased up to as often as every six hours.
In health, dead epithelial cells of the oral cavity are naturally shed and chemically degraded into VSC, they are then in turn swallowed, and digested fast enough that they do not putrefy and cause bad breath. The three most significant VSC are, Hydrogen Sulphide, Methyl Mercaptan and Dimethyl Sulphide. (Methyl Mercaptan is present in garlic and Hydrogen Sulphide is the main element found in stink bombs.
Volatile Sulphur Compounds present themselves as odour-causing molecules made up of small sulphur atoms. The active ingredient in RetarDEX toothpaste, oral rinse and spray has the capacity to change the molecular structure of these atoms rendering them odourless1.
To aid the treatment and/or prevention of bad breath it is also important to destroy the amino acids; the building blocks for protein. The active ingredient in the RetarDEX range is an effectively agent to de-activates all amino acids within 5 minutes of use. The reduction of the protein decreases the ability of all micro organisms/bacteria in the oral cavity to multiply. This reduction in the level of bacterial activity reduces inflammation and the production of VSC2 decreasing the level of oral malodour and increasing periodontal health.
The active ingredient in the RetarDEX range also has a high bacterial kill rate which has a significant impact on the production of toxic VSC and the reduction of bacteria associated with the build up of plaque, tooth decay and periodontal disease3.
90% of physiological odour that originates from sites within the oral cavity is attributed to an increase in bacteria and the production of VSC. The gingival tissue is the principle sight for the source of bad breath, followed closely by the dorso posterior surface of the tongue.
If the treatment/prevention of bad breath and maintenance of fresh breath is to be effective, it is essential to reduce the amino acids, decrease the bacteria and intercept VSC activity. By recommending the RetarDEX oral care range and prescribing a hygiene/periodontal therapy programme or Fresh Breath Treatment this is achievable. A Fresh Breath Kit containing the RetarDEX range, plus the OOLITT® excel Tongue Cleanser and Denti®-Brush wire free interdental brushes is available to help accomplish this.
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1. Efficacy of Chlorine Dioxide – Containing Mouthrinse in Oral Malodor
J Frascella, DMD, R D Gilbert, PhD, P Fernandez, RDH, J handler, MA, MSW Compendium 2000.
2. Use of an oxidizing agent to destroy amino acids to prevent their use as building blocks for protein.
P.Ratcliff IADR. 1998
3. The relationship between Oral Malodor, Gingivitis and Periodontitis. - Perry A Ratcliff and Paul W Johnson. J Periodontal May 1999.