Bad Breath discovered wearing a (Covid) Face Mask?

Bad Breath discovered wearing a (Covid) Face Mask?

We all suffer from bad breath at some time or another but for a lot of us it is a permanent fixture. Often personally unknown until a friend, colleague or family member gives us the heads up! However, the necessity to wear a face mask during this Covid era has provided some of us with a self-assessment of bad breath. If you detect when wearing the mask, it is bad and very noticeable by others near you.
An accidental discovery by some oral research/clinicians at Harvard Medical School is set to change the way we combat that bad breath. “Bad breath, or halitosis, is mainly caused by the build-up of bacteria in the mouth, which produces a foul smell.” (“How to get rid of bad breath (halitosis)?”) The accumulation of bad breath bacteria most often comes from a lack of a complete oral care routine resulting in a build-up of plaque bacteria around the gum line. Our remedies have been a breath mint, brushing teeth, which is just masking the cause or mouthwash which destroys the bad and helpful bacteria. Therefore, the discovery, by the Harvard group, that blue light of a specific wavelength when shone on the gums would destroy the bad bacteria and leave the beneficial bacteria intact has been a major game changer. A revolutionary treatment for gum disease and a solution for that bad breath.
The Challenge
So, the Light-x challenge has been to take the new science and combine with the latest technology to develop a safe, easy home use, effective device at an affordable price.
Announcing Oral “X” 3 – in less than 5 minutes a day you can add the Blue light solution to your oral care regime – destroy harmful bacteria and improve your oral health while banishing bad breath.
ORAL “X” 3
The device uses cold light LED technology producing high intensity blue light between 480-520nm through specially coated optical lenses to separate harmful UV light and infrared rays.
The silicone mouth tray fits easily into the mouth (like a mouth guard) to accommodate upper and lower teeth and gum areas while the powerful LED blue light wavelength targets the gums. A total of sixteen powerful LEDs bathe the upper and lower gum areas. The blue light has been scientifically proven to kill harmful oral bacteria which is the root cause of gum disease, gingivitis, and bad breath.
The Oral “X” 3 comes with a rechargeable, cold light controller with an exclusive cold light chip to maintain a constant current output voltage. The 2000mAh Li-battery provides long running time and the type-c port makes charging more convenient.

THE BENEFITS
• Kills bacteria that causes gum disease and bad breath
• Reduces build-up of plaque and tartar
• Treats and prevents gum issues including gingivitis and sores
• Decreases tooth sensitivity and inflammation of the gums
• Promotes overall healthier gums and teeth
• Helps Denture-Related Stomatitis, Halitosis, and Erosion

THE SCIENCE
The research, published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, suggests that light in the blue region of the visible spectrum is useful in preventing, controlling, or treating periodontitis – an oral infection that can lead to loss of bone and teeth.
“Some of the key bacterial pathogens associated with periodontitis produce and accumulate compounds that are sensitive to light,” said Nikos Soukos, Director of the Forsyth Laboratory of Applied Molecular Photomedicine and the principal investigator. “We found that, when exposed to particular wavelengths of light, a percentage of those pathogens was eradicated within seconds.” Another important finding was that when the proportion of such pathogens was reduced, the proportion of other, potentially helpful, bacteria increased
The current research stemmed from an observation by Max Goodson, Director of Clinical Research at Forsyth, that the blue light used in a tooth whitening procedure appeared to decrease inflammation of the gums.
BACKGROUND – Previous Forsyth research has shown that as many as seven hundred distinct types of oral bacteria may be found in dental plaque that accumulates on teeth. While some bacteria are benign or even helpful, others may invade and destroy gum tissue and bone—leading to loss of teeth, and to infection elsewhere in the body.
Among the more destructive bacteria are “black-pigmented bacteria” (BPB) which have been implicated as pathogens associated with periodontitis. This bacterium accumulates black pigment organisms called porphyrins. These porphyrins are photosensitive, and, when activated by visible light, induce a photodynamic reaction which kills the microorganism within seconds.
In embarking on their research, Soukos and Goodson knew, from published reports, that porphyrins absorb blue light more readily than red or green light. The team used a device to shine blue light (wavelengths ranging from 380 to 520 nanometers) on pure cultures of BPB and on dental plaque samples obtained from individuals with chronic periodontitis. They found that the light rapidly killed BPB in pure cultures and that it selectively eliminated BPB in the plaque samples containing 500-600 different bacteria. The research team concluded that intra-oral light exposure can selectively reduce pathogens in dental plaque.