Why are Volatile Sulfur Compounds important? Bacteria just like every other living organism must consume food, and therefore must also excrete waste. The waste that follows is usually the main cause of an individual’s bad breath problem, this waste is referred to as Volatile Sulfur Compounds. Although bacteria is well known to cause periodontal disease and peri-implantitis, the volatile sulfur compounds produced (VSCs), in the oral cavity are responsible for oral malodor and can have toxic effects on host tissue. Another challenging part of getting rid of bad breath is the location of the highest volume of these bacteria and subsequent VSC’s. They are typically located on the back of the tongue, but can also be present in periodontal pockets, and in between teeth. For patients and providers alike, they can be quite difficult to even access to begin to remove. Activated Chlorine Dioxide utilizes a gas in the mouth, so it is able to penetrate all the nooks and crannies where the bacteria and VSC’s like to harbor.
You can’t eliminate bad breath unless you remove VCS’s.
Most bad breath comes from the bacteria in our oral cavity. It is the perfect incubator for bacteria. However, just killing bacteria does not eliminate bad breath. To truly eliminate bad breath you must kill bacteria plus the toxins that bacteria generate called Volatile Sulfur Compounds (VSC). The rotten egg smell (hydrogen sulfide) and the barnyard smell (methyl mercaptan) are caused by VSC’s. Most bad breath solutions deal only with the bacteria and do nothing to reduce VSC’s.
OraCare is one of the very few products that reduces both bacteria and bacterial toxins (VSC) that cause 98% of bad breath.
According to University Studies, Chlorine Dioxide, OraCare’s active ingredient, is the best product available for eliminating Volatile Sulfur Compounds (VSC). OraCare beats all competitors in eliminating VSC’s in University of Iowa Study
In the University of Iowa study, OraCare’s Activated Chlorine Dioxide removed 100% of the measurable VSC’s produced by P. gingivalis and was the only mouth rinse to result in a statistically significant reduction in VSC’s compared to the negative control (water rinse). The percent reduction in VSC’s following a rinse with OraCare was statistically greater by far than the percent reduction in VSC’s following a rinse with any of the other brands tested. Chlorhexidine actually removed fewer toxins than the rinse with water. In the later two phases of this study, OraCare was further tested against other brand name mouth rinses. They included Tom’s of Maine Wicked Fresh, Closys, TheraBreath, and Smart Mouth, Oxyfresh zinc rinse, Crest Pro-Health, and Listerine original formula.
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