When you think about halitosis, do you envision green fog emanating from someone's mouth, or can you almost smell that sour reek of bad breath? In either case, do you pause to think about bacteria?
It may not occur to you every time, but oral odor is largely caused by bacteria, which is one reason why oral care probiotics, like the BLIS K12 kit, are so effective at reducing bad breath. In essence, they replace the stink-causing microbes in your mouth with more harmless varieties.
One of those odor-causing strains is called Solobacterium moorei. Not long ago, researchers were announcing that this bacterium is largely responsible for bad breath. Scientists from the State University of New York at Buffalo said as much at the annual meeting of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR), according to Reuters.
A study conducted at that university had also determined that not all S. moorei are created equal. In fact, at least five sub-species of this strain of microorganisms may be found in most human mouths.
What may be done about it? Besides looking to oral care probiotics, individuals with bad breath may consider trying specialty breath freshening rinses or pastes.
Similar research presented to the AADR indicated that rinses containing clorhexidine or other odor-neutralizing compounds may be able to reduce the smell given off by this species of bacteria.