Having bad breath often means using a toothbrush, dental floss, a tongue scraper or a specialty breath freshening product to knock out anaerobic bacteria. However, seasoned fighters occasionally use - or at least joke about using - halitosis to knock out their opponents.
Recently, mixed martial artist and former UFC light-heavyweight titleholder Quinton "Rampage" Jackson clowned at a press conference that his secret to winning on the Octagon is his bad breath. This admission came as a response to a question about any injuries he had.
Jackson noted that his bad breath hurts himself and any fighters that get too close to him. He promised to use it in a match against Matt Hamill, a fight he later won.
"Rampage" may be more correct than he intended to be about the harm bad breath can cause. Though it may not really sway professional martial arts matches, halitosis can indicate moderate to severe tooth decay, as well as gingivitis, postnasal drip, chronic dry mouth, periodontal disease or tonsil stones.
Cleaning and moistening your mouth regularly can keep oral odor at bay while ensuring that your teeth and gums stay healthy.