How does chlorine dioxide help treat bad breath (halitosis)?

Chlorine dioxide is used in many over-the-counter (OTC) mouthwashes to kill bacteria and freshen breath. Mouth bacteria are a common source of bad breath. Research findings show that by reducing the number and activity of bacteria in the mouth, some oral rinses containing chlorine dioxide may improve mouth odor.

Using products containing chlorine dioxide is also very effective in the treatment of halitosis.

Chlorine dioxide breaks apart the molecules that cause bad breath. It destroys bad breath rather than acting as a cover-up, like some toothpastes and mouthwashes. By destroying the bacteria, the overall health of one's mouth is improved.

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Bad Breath (Halitosis)

The easy cases of bad breath can be fixed by brushing and flossing. Drink lots of water. Use mouthwash and remember to brush your tongue too. But there are other things that can cause bad breath. Smoking is an obvious culprit. Foo...

ods like garlic and onions can cause bad breath long after you brush them out of your mouth. Dry mouth can cause bad breath, drinking plenty of water helps, as does chewing gum. Some illnesses and medicines may also cause bad breath, and plaque or tartar on teeth and gum disease may also contribute.

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