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
It is common practice for doctors to order a retest of those diagnosed with Helicobacter pylori, or H. pylori, bacterium after completing a treatment regimen, according to MedlinePlus. Retesting ensures elimination of the bacterium from the body and dictates the further course of treatment.Full Answer >
A healthy diet full of vitamin-rich fruits, vegetables and whole grains helps to heal a stomach ulcer caused by Helicobacter pylori, or H. pylori, according to Mayo Clinic. Spicy and fatty foods as well as alcohol and smoking are common irritants for ulcer sufferers, adds WebMD.Full Answer >
People get rid of bad breath by brushing and flossing regularly, scraping their tongues, drinking plenty of water, chewing sugar-free gum after meals, and eating breath-friendly foods, such as apples and carrots. Habits such as smoking or certain health conditions such as diabetes and acid reflux sometimes cause bad breath.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 >