Bad breath. Halitosis. Whatever you call it, it’s awful for everyone around and worse for the person experiencing it. In our family, it came on suddenly and was quite unexpected. In fact, I can’t remember exactly when my husband’s bad breath started because it’s been several years since our bad breath journey began. At the time, all the remedies he tried were temporary and often only helped for only a few hours, regardless of the long-term promises found on the labels.
He brushed his teeth as often as he could. He used mouthwash religiously. Yet the bad breath persisted. We both carried the most potent mints we could find to provide him a little relief. And while the mints saved him from some socially embarrassing moments, that bad breath was back an hour later. I knew bad breath had to have a cause and that there must be a cure.
Breaking it Down
After doing a little online research, I found a simple breakdown of potential causes for that persistent bad breath at Harvard Health. It turns out that outside of smoking, eating bad-breath-causing foods, or neglecting your oral health altogether, gum disease is the most common cause of chronic bad breath. So on my husband’s next visit to the dentist, they discussed the problem. His dentist assured him that he didn’t have gum disease and asked him if he was experiencing dry mouth. But dry mouth wasn’t the cause either, and we felt like we were sitting in a holding pattern, trying to get to the root of the problem.
My husband takes medication for heart-related issues, and bad breath is sometimes a side effect. His dentist recommended the mouthwash CloSys, considered one of the best cures on the market. He began using it regularly, hoping for a resolution, but fast forward several months, and the chronic bad breath was still an issue. The new mouthwash helped for a few hours … until the inevitable return of his bad breath. We were starting to lose hope.
The breakthrough solution for my husband’s chronic bad breath came by a chance meeting with Chris Koski at a dinner party. She told us about her company ProBiora Health, which sells oral-care probiotics. I take probiotics for my gut, and they work, but I never knew there were probiotics for the mouth. However, she caught my and my husband’s attention when she mentioned that ProBiora probiotics offered something more: they mitigate bad breath (not necessarily ‘cure’).
While our initial thoughts were this sounds like the solution we’ve been looking for, I’m the kind of person who likes to know the ‘why’ behind it. We’d gotten our hopes up already regarding the various mouthwashes and dentist-recommended solutions, so we were trying not to get overly excited at this point. However, that all changed when Chris started talking about the science behind ProBiora.
The Battle of Good vs. Bad (bacteria)
Chris explained the bacterial battle between the harmful and healthy bacteria going on in the mouth. Because oral-care probiotics are live bacteria identical to the microorganisms naturally found in your mouth, they don’t just mask bad breath as most products do. In fact, instead of taking something out of the mouth, these probiotics put something back: beneficial bacteria that can crowd out the bacteria that cause bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay. I didn’t realize that there could be a lack of bacteria, but unfortunately, diet, stress, medication, illness, and a few other factors deplete this good bacteria.
The science behind the breakthrough is really very simple. By adding oral-care probiotics to your daily care regimen, they constantly reinforce the positive bacteria in your mouth and crowd out the unhealthy bacteria, including those behind bad breath. According to their website, ProBiora3 is a proprietary blend of three naturally occurring strains of beneficial bacteria, including Streptococcus oralis KJ3®, Streptococcus uberis KJ2®, and Streptococcus rattusJH145®. This blend supports gum and tooth health, whiter teeth, and fresher breath.
Of course, all that sounds good, but does it work? We were fortunate enough to take home some samples that night, and my husband began using them right away. Even though I knew it might take 30 to 60 days for the product to work effectively, I ordered a 90-day supply of ProBioraPlus. I was feeling optimistic – and with good reason.
I can’t remember exactly when my husband’s bad breath went away, but I know that the problem was gone before our 90-day supply was finished. ProBiora Health might not call it a cure, but for my husband, it certainly was one. Both of us were greatly relieved — mostly me! There really isn’t anything worse than trying to talk with someone sitting beside you who has terrible breath, much less kissing them! Plus, I had to assume it was affecting his business life because he meets face-to-face with clients on a daily basis. Can you imagine having to chomp mints all day, every day, to keep your breath at bay?
It’s been a few years now, and by consistently using ProBiora, his breath has stayed fresh, and his confidence has returned. Gone are the days of excessive mints and mouthwashes; now all he has to do is brush and floss regularly and take ProBiora daily, and his bad breath issues have stayed away.
Want to try it out?
Since gum disease, and even tooth decay, are problems we all need to fear as we age, I’ve also started taking ProBiora, and I recommend it to friends because it’s an easy and effective way to get fresher breath. I love that it keeps my teeth whiter — one other benefit I noticed in my husband as he continued to use the product.
We can even include our favorite furry family member in our health journey by sprinkling ProBioraPet powder on our sweet pooch’s food. You might be surprised, but yes, they also make a product for your pets! Jessie doesn’t seem to mind the powder one bit, and her breath is noticeably fresher too, which is wonderful because she sleeps nose-to-nose with me every night.