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What is the HRCBB Program?
HRCBB is short for Home Regimen to Combat Bad Breath. It is a regimen or daily procedure that will definitely eliminate chronic bad breath quickly. Victims of this ailment need a permanent long-term fix for this very embarrassing condition that affects millions of people worldwide. The HRCBB program is the answer.
There is no quick fix for combatting bad breath. Mouthwashes, mints, gums are simple methods for a quick fix but they are only good for a short time thereafter. What do you do the rest of the day?
You can chew gum all day and this would eliminate bad breath. But can you really keep on chewing gum the whole day? If you are in a work environment, as most of you are, it is not dignified to be chewing gum constantly in the presence of your co-workers.
To understand how HRCBB works let me first give you some background on the subject of bad breath. A detailed description of how to implement the program is shown further in this article.
I am not a medical practitioner or in any way connected to the medical profession. I've written this piece because in my many years in the working world I've encountered this problem of bad breath to be fairly common among many people.
I once had the misfortune of working closely with a co-employee who had a severe case of halitosis. As I'm a polite person, I never mentioned his problem. But I vowed to myself that I would do some studies on this disorder and find out more about it with the end in view of possibly helping others. This article serves as my scientific report on my studies.
The bad breath remedy I'll be presenting in this article is something that really works. This claim is based on reports by people who have actually tried it and have been completely happy with results.
What Causes Bad Breath?
There are many sources of bad breath. The mouth, the throat, the stomach, and the nose. In this article, I will be talking about bad breath stemming from the mouth since this is the most common problem for many sufferers.
The main cause of bad breath in the mouth is poor oral hygiene. Ninety percent of people who suffer from bad breath is because they have too much anaerobic bacteria in the mouth. A proper oral hygiene program can usually fix the problem.
There are two kinds of bad breath in the mouth, temporary and chronic. Temporary bad breath is actually not much of a problem since this is mostly caused by the food we eat. It can easily be remedied by brushing your teeth after eating or with the use of mouthwashes, mints or chewing gum. The chronic type of bad breath is the more difficult problem.
Chronic bad breath is the bane of millions of sufferers around the world. But unlike many written materials about remedies to this chronic disorder, this article will not talk about products as remedies. I will present a home procedure that is inexpensive but extremely effective in combatting chronic bad breath. It is a mouth and dental hygiene program that is easy to follow and does not require special equipment.
HRCBB only requires the subject to be eager, willing and patient in following the procedure strictly. I’m surprised that the simplicity of this hygiene system has not been discussed widely and has only been mentioned in passing by some articles and websites.
Before I go into describing this amazingly simple home cure to chronic bad breath let us first look at some important facts about this disorder.
According to the American Dental Association, there are millions of people in the United States that suffer from this condition. Yet it is a problem that is easily remedied. Oral hygiene products like mouthwashes, mints, gums, toothpaste, and other commercial breath fresheners provide only temporary relief. They don’t combat bad breath effectively on a more permanent daily basis. Mouthwashes, like Listerine and other commercial brands, could give longer lasting effects if used properly. The HRCBB program that I will be describing here has worked wonders for many sufferers.
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Where and How Do Bacteria Form In the Mouth?
There are two kinds of bacteria that reside in the mouth, aerobic and anaerobic bacteria. Aerobic bacteria thrive in the presence of oxygen in the mouth and dies with the lack of it. Anaerobic bacteria, on the other hand, thrive and multiply vigorously in the absence of oxygen and are somewhat controlled in the presence of oxygen.
Aerobic bacteria do not cause bad breath while anaerobic bacteria give off gasses that produce bad odor in the mouth. These group of gasses contains what is referred to as volatile sulfur compounds or VSC for short. More specifically, these gasses are hydrogen sulfide, methyl mercaptan, and dimethyl sulfide.
Controlling the emission of these gasses by millions of anaerobic bacteria solves the problem of malodorous breath. So how do we control the vast population of anaerobic bacteria? HRCBB addresses this problem directly.
Speaking generally, anything and everything we eat contains bacteria that eventually find their way in establishing residence in the mouth, in moist warm crevices in the tongue and all around the mouth. They find the perfect place to reside in the back of the tongue near the throat.
Bacteria in the tongue is the single most prevalent cause of chronic bad breath. Since bacteria thrive well in moist warm places, keeping the mouth awash in liquids is one of the best methods of eliminating them by washing them away as frequently as possible.
A constant saliva flow does this job well. Unfortunately for many people, especially those belonging to the older generation, keeping this constant saliva flow is easier said than done. There are many foods and medicines ingested by us that cause our mouths to dry up. Medicines to control high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, and many others contribute to dry mouth.
The aging process is also a big contributor to dry mouth. As we put on years we are more prone to having a constant dry mouth. While we feel our mouth to be dry, it is not so in the tiny crevices where moisture continues to be present and feed the bacteria residing there. Candies, mints, gums are helpful in keeping saliva flowing but these are temporary remedies that last only while the products are in the mouth. Once gone, the mouth immediately starts to dry up.
The more permanent remedy is getting rid of the gas producing anaerobic bacteria or reducing its presence to such a low level as to make its gas production inconsequential. There is no way that bacteria can be eliminated totally but controlling them to a low level is not only possible but certainly doable, thus reducing their gas emissions, ergo, eliminating malodorous breath.
How Does HRCBB Work?
As the name implies, HRCBB is a regimen, a program or procedure that must be followed regularly, daily, to be effective. It’s a very simple one that can be done without really going out of your way to do it. Here is how it works.
To combat bad breath effectively we’ve already determined that we must eliminate or reduce the millions of gas producing anaerobic bacteria in the mouth. You either wash them away with a constant intake of liquids or somehow kill enough of them to last you the many hours of the day. This ‘killing and reducing' of anaerobic bacteria is what HRCBB is all about.
- The first step in the regimen is to educate yourself that regular brushing of your teeth is not effective if done quickly. One must devote at least two minutes in the brushing process. This is a must! Do not do a shortcut of the brushing process just because you are rushing to get yourself ready for your day’s activities. Many electric brushes, like the Braun Oral B toothbrush, have built-in timer signals that tell you to allot 30 seconds of brushing to each quadrant of your mouth for a total of two minutes of brushing time.
- Rinse your mouth after the brushing process. Immediately after, change to a soft bristle toothbrush, not the electric one if this is what was used for the teeth. Using the soft bristle toothbrush work on the gums all the way to the gum base where the gum meets the inside of the cheeks or lips. This procedure is to eliminate bacteria residing in those difficult to reach areas. Do this thoroughly. Then, using the same soft bristle toothbrush, proceed to brush the sides of your tongue and the bottom of your mouth under the tongue. Do the same thing brushing the insides of the cheeks and the insides of the lips. Lastly, brush the upper side of your mouth, the palate.
- Use a tongue scraper to scrape the tongue all the way to the back. Go as far back as you can. This is where the majority of the anaerobic bacteria reside and this is where you want to get to them. Do a back to forward scraping motion several times. Rinse your mouth. Repeat the process one more time. The more times the better.
- Here is the final and most important part of the regimen. You can do this part using a regular mouthwash like Listerine or other commercial brands, but I would recommend something else (step 5 below) for more effective results. Most mouthwashes contain alcohol and contribute to dry mouth. If you do use mouthwash in this fourth step, be sure to rinse the mouth with water after the procedure in order to remove the presence of alcohol in the mouth.
- The most effective mouthwash for ridding bacteria in the mouth is the use of hydrogen peroxide (3% topical solution USP, oral debriding agent). This is the big secret to effectively killing anaerobic bacteria in the mouth and/or reducing their population. As we very well know, hydrogen peroxide is a terrific antiseptic and an excellent germ killer in minor wounds and scrapes. Notice how when applied to open wounds and scrapes there is a white foam that forms over the area? These are the oxygenating properties of hydrogen peroxide at work. In the mouth, the same foam is formed and is readily visible when we spit it out after swishing and gargling. The swishing and gargling have just oxygenated the mouth and gone to work in killing anaerobic bacteria.
- Last and most important part of the HRCBB, swishing and gargling, with hydrogen peroxide, or even a commercial mouthwash, should be done for a period of at least thirty seconds. Rinse the mouth immediately after this with another round of swishing and gargling with plain water for another thirty seconds.
Items needed in the HRCBB program:
- regular toothbrush or electric toothbrush for the teeth and soft bristle toothbrush for the gums, tongue sides, and other insides of mouth
- tongue scraper is definitely recommended for scraping the top of the tongue all the way to the back. Brushing the tongue with a toothbrush is not enough.
- hydrogen peroxide 3% topical solution USP, oral debriding agent available in any pharmacy or supermarket.
- Dental floss. At the end of the day, before starting step one of the 5-step HRCBB, flossing is highly recommended as most effective for removing food particles between teeth.
Things to Ponder
How much hydrogen peroxide you need is the same amount you would use with any mouthwash. On your first use of HP, you may find it to have a disagreeable taste. You can dilute the solution with 50% water and continue doing so until you get accustomed to its taste. Try and get used to the taste quickly so you can use 100% HP and take advantage of its full killing power on the bacteria.
Swishing and gargling with hydrogen peroxide should take at least, at the very least, 20 seconds. Thirty is even better but no more than 45 seconds. You don't want to overdo the HP gargling as it could also kill the good bacteria in the mouth. In the process of gargling one should tilt the head backward frequently to allow HP to reach the back of the tongue where most of the bacteria reside.
The whole process of completing steps 1 to 5 should take approximately 5 to 8 minutes depending on how thorough you want to be. If you think this is too much time to take away from your busy schedule, think about the benefit it offers if you are a bad breath sufferer. Think of the peace of mind you get when you are around people, confident that you are not releasing foul air in your surroundings.
The full HRCBB regimen, all of the steps 1 – 5, should be done meticulously twice daily, in the morning after breakfast and at the end of the day when you no longer plan to eat anything up to bedtime. In between and throughout the day, rinsing the mouth and gargling with plain water should be performed at regular intervals, especially after every food intake. There is always a bathroom nearby where you can do this in private.
The use of special toothpicks to remove food particles between teeth is very helpful. Food particles between teeth decay rapidly in the mouth due to the action of enzymes in the saliva. This decaying process contributes immensely to causing bad breath.
Pictured below is a type of toothpick available in any pharmacy or medical section of supermarkets. The plastic simulated brush head helps to dislodge food particles more effectively than regular rounded picks and serves to scrape away plaque between teeth. Flossing is a better method but in one’s busy day the use of toothpicks of this kind is a good alternative to flossing. Always carry some with you anywhere you go.
Recommended tooth pick
How Long Before I See Results?
Unless you have a serious population explosion of anaerobic bacteria in your mouth, results should be immediate. After a day or two of using the HRCBB program, bad breath should be eliminated totally. Keep in mind the HRCBB program is a daily routine that must be maintained throughout if you want to keep your breath fresh all the time. If you have a serious case of bad breath due to an overpopulation of anaerobic bacteria, it may take two or three days of HRCBB application to get the situation under control.
If your bad breath condition persists after more than five days of using the HRCBB method then it is time to see a medical professional. It is very likely your bad breath is not coming from the mouth. There may be other causes for it that a medical professional can determine.
How Do I Know HRCBB Is Working?
The same way you found out you had bad breath. The first time you were told you had bad breath, it was most likely from someone near and dear to you. Having bad breath is such an embarrassing condition that it is difficult for anyone to bring it up with the victim. Would you tell somebody that he/she has bad breath? Not unless that somebody is very close to you, like your spouse or very close friend. Even close relatives, other than spouses, will not dare to mention the problem to a sufferer. The reason, of course, is to avoid embarrassing the victim.
The subject person, if he is observant, will be able to detect the hints of bad breath. When people instinctively push back from you when you talk close to them is a clear indication that something is wrong with your breath.
To find out for yourself if you have bad breath, or if you wish to monitor the effectiveness of the HRCBB program but is too ashamed to ask someone, you may visit a dentist or medical practitioner who has a gas chromatograph. This instrument measures the level of volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) in the mouth which are the primary causes of bad breath.
You could buy your own portable gas chromatograph but they are very expensive, in the region of around $5,000. There is also a Halimeter that does a similar analysis of breath gases and this can be purchased at a price of around $1,500. Too expensive? Not to worry.
There is now a pocket version of a similar instrument that is touted by the manufacturer as a bad breath tester. It's the TANITA Breath Checker (see below). With this instrument, you don’t have to depend on anyone to monitor your breath. You can do your own breath monitoring on a regular basis.
I've tested the Tanita Breath Checker and it does serve like the pocket equivalent of the more expensive commercial gas chromatographs. It's not as efficient but it does a pretty good job.
I Would Appreciate Your Feedback
I have included below a poll to find out from my reading audience how HRCBB is working for those who try it. I would like to ask the reader who tries the program to please return to this article shortly after you’ve used HRCBB and vote on its effectiveness.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Questions & Answers
Question: I've used every recommended commercial product and none have worked. What makes yours any different?
Answer: This article does not recommend a specifically branded commercial product. The remedy for bad breath mentioned here is a daily regimen, a daily program one must observe to combat the presence of unaerobic bacteria. Any brand of hydrogen peroxide is recommended as the best mouthwash to use for the recommended daily mouth hygiene program. Follow the regimen and you will be surprised at the results. That is, assuming the cause of bad breath is the presence of anaerobic bacteria in the mouth, which more often than not is the case.
© 2018 Daniel Mollat
Daniel Mollat on March 08, 2018:
I'm glad to hear that the HRCBB regimen has given you good results in another area other than curing bad breath. Don' worry about the taste of hydrogen peroxide. You will surely get used to it and won't even notice it after a while.
Dr Mark from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 08, 2018:
I am not a bad breath sufferrer (at least I do not think so) but have been using the hydrogen peroxide rinse you described for several weeks. It does work better than alcohol, and I have noticed a significant difference in the amount of bacteria killed during the mouth wash period. (based on the cleanliness between my teeth). It does not taste good but does seem to work very well. Thanks for writing this.