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Bad Breath? Could Be a Bug

For some people who suffer from halitosis (severe bad breath), it can be really embarrassing. It's often caused by the breakdown of bacteria in a person's mouth, which produces a foul-smelling sulfur odor on the tongue. Bad breath can also originate in the lungs or sinuses.

Now researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine have identified a specific tongue bacteria that causes chronic bad breath. I don't mean to gross you out, but they say that the bacteria known as Solobacterium moorei, can also be found in human feces. Um, eww.

In the small study, scientists collected samples by scraping an area of the tongue's surface in 21 people with bad breath and 36 without. This bacteria was found in every person who had halitosis. So now that researchers have discovered this bacteria, now they can help come up with treatments to rid people's mouths of it.

Fit's Tip: If you have an issue with bad breath, using a tongue scraper may help immensely.

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aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Eww...
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Eww...
RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 9 years
Bad breath is also a sign of gum disease.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I've definitely noticed that some people DEFINITELY have THE WORST breath ever. It's about 10 times worse than just regular ol' bad breath. That's pretty interesting to know that it's a certain bacteria that causes the specific odor. That makes a lot of sense, actually. Different bacteria emit different odors and some are a lot worse than others!
Ikandy Ikandy 9 years
i read somewhere that severe bad breath (lol), was a sign of a poor digestive system...
Ikandy Ikandy 9 years
i read somewhere that severe bad breath (lol), was a sign of a poor digestive system...
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Brushing and flossing are enough for me. I know certain foods that are bad breath triggers like ranch dressing so brushing after eating these foods is crucial.
Hootie Hootie 9 years
Poop Breath Is The Worst! I Can't Take It When People Have Yuck Mouth! I Just Hold Out A Pack Of Gum/Mints! LMAO!
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
One of my friends has HORRENDOUS breath...I keep offering gum and mints but he's always like "no thanks" AHHH!!!! AND I know he also has bad breath because he doesn't eat or drink water for LONG periods of time. =\ EWWWWW.
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