Bad breath is widely believed to be caused, in most cases, by the breakdown of bacteria in one’s mouth. However, who it happens to chronically, and why, has been a frustrating mystery.
An Israeli study published may help narrow down who’s more likely to suffer from halitosis. Patients of varying weights were examined by a grad student, and their results were analyzed by two professors. They deduced that overweight people are more likely to have bad breath, but don’t yet know why.
A separate study from the SUNY Buffalo School of Dental Medicine may have found that answer. After examining 21 people with chronic halitosis and 36 without, researchers found that all of the former had a specific bacteria called solobacterium moorei, or S. moorei, while only four of the latter had it. (Weight was not a consideration in examining the subjects.)
At this point, biologists do not know much about S. moorei and if it’s linked to being overweight, but now that it has been pinpointed, they are hopeful that focused treatments can be developed.
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