There was a time when fish oil was an odoriferous and unpleasant food. Before 1950, cod trawlers did not have refrigeration for their catch, and cod liver oil was always "naturally fermented." Nowadays, most fish oil products aren't made from cod livers, and those that are fermented are fermented intentionally under sanitary conditions. You can avoid fishy burps by taking products that contain a minimum of "marine liquids," essentially any product that contains at least 300 mg of DHA and EPA in a 1,000 mg capsule. Most of the time, it's not the case that fish oil causes bad breath. But you can also use fish oil to fight certain kinds of body odor and halitosis.
Halitosis That Mouthwash Can't Cover Up
One cause of intense halitosis is a bacterial inflammation called trench mouth. Also known as Vincent's stomatis or acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis, it was common "in the trenches" during World War I, when it got its name. This infection literally rots the gums. You can slow it down with Listerine, but you have to get dental treatment. And it hurts enough that you probably will prefer to have the dentist working on your gums to dealing with the infection. A much more common cause of halitosis that mouthwash can't disguise is dry mouth. There just is not enough saliva to keep the mouth moist to prevent the formation of cracks and crevices where bacteria can hideand release sulfur-containing compounds as they feed on proteins in the lining of the mouth. Fish oil can assist recovery from this form of halitosis, although it's not all you would need.
Using Fish Oil for Bad Breath Caused by Dry Mouth
An obvious remedy for dry mouth is sipping water throughout the day. That helps at least as much as any supplement you can take. You can't sip water while you sleep, of course, so other supportive treatments are necessary.
1.Avoid caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol, since they dry out the mouth and can make halitosis worse
2.Brush with a mild,non-abrasive toothpaste three times a day, but be sure to brush only your teeth, not your gums. Brushing your gums can cause tiny abrasions where bad breath bacteria can live.
3.Unless you live in a humid climate, use a humidifier, especially at night. This helps keep the mouth moist.
4.Avoid sticky foods like peanut butter and dried fruit.
5.Clear your mouth with water after drinking carbonated soft drinks or juice, to avoid acid inflammation of the mouth.
6.Consider using a wetting agent for the mouth, such as Xero-Lube, Biotene, Oasis, or Salivart. And finally,
7.Take three to five capsules of fish oil every day to help your body minimize inflammation.
Saliva, it turns out, is not just water. It also contains a growth hormone that stimulates growt in the lining of the mouth. The essential fatty acids in fish oil not only help the body make the hormones that fight inflammation and dryness, they also provide one of the building blocks for this growth hormone. The people who will benefit most from taking fish oil are people who have both recalcitrant bad breath and lupus, Sjogren's syndrome, or rheumatoid arthritis, or who are heavy smokers. Along with good oral hygiene, fish oil sometimes helps clear up bad breath in about a month. With good oral hygiene, however, fish oil is of no use.
A Frequently Asked Question:
Q. But I've heard that fish oil can cause dry mouth. How can fish oil treat it?
A. Actually, the product that can cause dry mouth is Lovaza, previously known as Omacor. The makers of Lovaza advertise that their product is not fish oil, and in this case, I would agree. Fish oil esters, which are made by boiling fish oil in alcohol, are used to make Lovaza.Fish oil triglycerides, which are the essential fatty acids in the form they come from the fish, do not cause dry mouth.