According to a study published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology, the Helicobacter pylori, or H. pylori, bacteria can indeed cause bad breath. Known as the bacterium that causes stomach ulcers and cancer, H. pylori is now thought to cause bad breath and gum disease when it occurs in the mouth.Know More
H. pylori is a spiral-shaped bacterium found in the stomach. Studies show that it is responsible for roughly 80 percent of stomach ulcers and 90 percent of ulcers occurring in the upper end of the small intestine, or duodenum. It can also cause gastritis (stomach inflammation) and spur the production of excess stomach acid. With time, an H. pylori infection can even lead to an increased risk of stomach cancer, WebMD notes.
When the H. pylori bacterium takes root in the mouth, it can point to periodontal disease, which in turn leads to chronic bad breath—known as halitosis. Results of a Japanese study found H. pylori in the mouths of 21 out of 326 participants with halitosis, or 6.4 percent. The concentration of bad breath gas and the level of oral disease was considerably higher in these participants than in those without the bacterium, Science Daily reports.
According to U.S. News, H. pylori is just one potential cause of bad breath. Other common culprits include poor oral hygiene, medications that cause dry mouth, diet, skipping breakfast, mouth breathing, heavy alcohol consumption, respiratory tract infections and ongoing illness.Learn more about Dental Hygiene
Bad breath may be caused by poor oral hygiene, consumption of certain foods or unhealthy lifestyle habits, reports WebMD. Also known as halitosis, bad breath may be a symptom of an underlying medical condition.Full Answer >
Home remedies for bad breath include drinking lots of water and herbal tea and minimizing coffee intake as well as eating raw fruits and vegetables and probiotic- and zinc-rich foods. Keeping a healthy lifestyle and eating regularly also help remove bad breath naturally.Full Answer >
The best remedy for bad breath is to clean the teeth and gums regularly. Bad breath is referred to as halitosis. People with bad breath commonly lack confidence, and it is often a source of great embarrassment.Full Answer >
The exact mode of transmission of H. pylori is unknown as of 2015, according to Mayo Clinic, so there is no one best way to catch it. However, it is likely transmitted by person-to-person contact, either through saliva, vomit or feces, or through dirty food and water.Full Answer >