Was this plant the original bad breath killer?
Luckily for you, you're alive today, and there are lots of quality products to help you fight bad breath and maintain positive oral hygiene overall. However, this wasn't always the case. Can you imagine brushing your teeth with a paste made from crushed animal bones and eggshells?
Early humanity struggled with a lot of problems but one surprising study found that, for one culture in Sudan, tooth decay and disease was not an issue. Could these ancient people have also been free of bad breath as well?
How purple nutsedge helped ancient teeth
A study published in PLOS One followed a team of researchers as they uncovered the potential dental prowess of purple nutsedge. In early Sudan, this weed flourished everywhere. In fact, it still does today. Purple nutsedge is hardy, fast-spreading and notoriously smelly. If you were foraging for ingredients for stew, the stench alone would rule it out.
However, early farmers in Sudan ate these plants in high amounts and the results impacted their teeth. Virtually nobody in the area had tooth decay, and purple nutsedge is the suspected reason. The weed, when ingested, helped to break down numerous bacteria within the mouth.
Anyone who knows halitosis understands that bad breath and tooth decay are caused by similar factors. Both depend on an unhealthy buildup of oral bacteria. In the case of bad breath, these microorganisms emit sulfurous odors that can lead to bad breath.
So, while purple nutsedge helped (and likely still helps) against tooth decay, would it have been beneficial for those suffering from bad breath? Probably not, unfortunately. While the weed may kill those bacteria, it would likely replace their fiendish odor with one of its own. Healthier? Yes. Better smelling? Sadly not.
Fighting bad breath with modern day firepower
Luckily, the state of your halitosis is not dependent on a Sudanese weed. Today, you have a wide variety of products available that will stop the development of bad breath cold, many of which are manufactured by TheraBreath.
At TheraBreath, we rely on modern science to create a powerful anti-halitosis solution. Our oxygenating compounds kill the bacteria behind bad breath. We also stay away from potential pitfall ingredients like alcohol, which can cause the very condition they're supposed to fight.
You live in a modern world. Treat your breath with present-day solutions. There are a lot better tools at your disposal than weeds.