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Researchers at a dental school in the UK claim to have discovered families of bacteria that help cause halitosis, or bad breath.
The team from Glasgow University Dental School hope that by finding and isolating the forms of bacteria responsible for halitosis, they may be able to find a way to prevent bad breath.
Looking at the tongues of around twenty people with halitosis, it used new techniques to examine traces of bacteria DNA and found 39 new types on the back of the tongue.
The individuals with bad breath were found to have more of certain types of the new bacteria than those without, suggesting a link between the two.
Dr Marcello Riggio, an expert in microbiology at the dental school, was reported in Dentisty.co.uk as saying: "What we have done here is work out which families of bacteria seem to be responsible for bad breath The key now is to find out how to neutralize the reactions which cause the nasty smelly compounds."
Recently Dr Richard Price from the American Dental Association suggested that the best thing a person can do to prevent bad breath is brushing and flossing their teeth, plus cleaning their tongue twice a day.
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