Bad breath is a common condition that may also be connected to a person's dental health.
Now, scientists in Japan have made some new discoveries about the links between bacteria known as Helicobacter pylori (H pylori), halitosis and dental health.
H pylori was recently found to be responsible for stomach ulcers and many gastric cancers, the researchers said. And now they have determined that this bacteria can also exist in the mouth, even among people who do not have a stomach condition.
Dr Nao Suzuki explained how his team looked for H pylori in the mouths of people who had bad breath, as well as testing the mouths of those with gum disease.
"Although the presence of H pylori in the mouth does not directly cause bad breath, it is associated with periodontal disease, which does cause bad breath," he commented.
"We hope to discover the role of the mouth in transmitting H. pylori stomach infections in the near future."
According to the American Dental Association, bad breath is often caused by poor dental hygiene habits. A dentist can usually diagnose the problem at the root of halitosis and recommend treatment.
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