Saturday, June 7, 2008

Scientists Nail It! Find Cause of Bad Breath

Bad breath--and we're talking persistent halitosis, not the temporary kind caused by that pastrami sandwich with extra onions you had at lunch--is caused by an organism with the scary name Solobacterium moorei.

Reuters reports that doctors have long known that chronic bad breath is caused by a breakdown of bacteria in the mouth that produces rank-smelling sulfur compounds that thrive on the surface of the tongue. Tongue bacteria accounts for a whopping 80 percent to 90 percent of all cases of bad breath. Now a new study from researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine has pinpointed the specific organism that causes bad breath in virtually all cases.

The team examined 21 people with chronic bad breath and 36 people who did not have bad breath. The findings are astounding. Fully 100 percent of the patients with bad breath were infected with S. moorei. Four of those who didn't have bad breath were also infected with the organism, but all four of them had periodontitis, a gum infection that can also lead to bad breath. A previous study of eight patients with halitosis and five without had similar findings. Dr. Violet I. Haraszthy, who was involved in both studies, told Reuters that S. moorei was "always found in patients with halitosis and never in patients who did not have this problem."

Not much is known about the S. moorei organism right now. "As we identify and find out more about the bacteria that cause bad breath, we can develop treatments to reduce their numbers in the mouth," said team member Betsy Clark in a university-issued statement. However, the team has determined that people who have S. moorei can brush twice a day with an antibacterial toothpaste using a special toothbrush with a built-in tongue scraper to eliminate the bad breath. The study findings were reported at the annual meeting of the American Association for Dental Research in Dallas.
source: Netscape.com

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