A recent study has shown that our bad breath can now be linked to the different types of bacteria that linger on the back of our tongues. There are different types of bacteria, some protect us from the smell of our breath and others create it.

The Journal of Clinical Microbiology used a process of gene sequencing in order to show similarities or differences between the bacteria found on people with good breath and those found on people with bad breath.  Results showed the same 3 species were present on five individuals with good breath.Bad Breath and the Battle of Bacteria

It’s important for us to know that halitosis (chronic bad breath) is a different issue than getting bad breath simply because of something we ate or due to bad oral hygiene. It was discovered that 6 different bacteria species were found to be related to halitosis and many were not present in people with good breath. The smell of our breath can be influenced by a number of factors, including but not limited to, our blood type.  It has become quite evident that particular groups of bacteria are found in the mouths of those who suffer chronic bad breath.

Discovering all the bacteria in peoples mouths is not as simple as it sounds. On average, every individual has around 700 different types of bacteria that live in the mouth. Isolating the culprits of bad breath and comparing combinations of said bacteria present in those with bad breath or versus those with good breath will be a lengthy process.

Bad Breath or Halitosis can be managed by a few simple home-remedies. Be sure to brush your teeth, gums and tongue, twice a day. Look into including oral care products that have Zinc.

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