In the quest to alleviate bad breath, how far can probiotics take us?
Countless Americans turn to oral care probiotics products to reduce the levels of odor-causing bacteria in their mouths. After brushing and flossing, probiotics are the next line of defense against halitosis. Recently, a Canadian researcher explored the possibilities for bacterial modification in the future.
As part of a paper dealing with the ethics of biotechnology, Professor Gregor Wolbring of the University of Calgary discussed a scenario in which, someday soon, humans have largely "obliterated" bad breath by using genetically modified microbes.
Wolbring described the hypothetical probiotics in a report drawn up for the World Health Organization. He said that mankind may eventually engineer probiotics that not only tackle odor-causing bacteria, but also generate pleasant smells based on simple stimuli, like certain colors of light.
While scientists have not taken bacterial technology that far yet, today's most advanced products - like the Aktiv K-12 Probitiocs Kit - use specific microbial strains to crowd out the microorganisms that cause bad breath.
Such kits can ensure that the bacteria in your mouth are working for you, not against you. Adding a probiotics rinse to your dental care routine may keep your breath smelling sweet far into the future.
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