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Teeth and Tongue Cleaning During a Checkup?

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Colgate says that 1 in 4 people have bad breath, or halitosis. Furthermore, they also believe that ?nearly 60 million people will suffer from chronic halitosis in the United States.?


Scientists believe that the smell is produced by Solobacterium moorei, a bacteria in the mouth that forms sulfur compounds on the tongue. ?Tongue bacteria produce malodorous compounds and fatty acids, and account for 80 to 90% of all cases of bad breath," according to Betsy Clark, a student at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine.


So how can clinicians help their patients to combat bad breath? Tongue cleaning may become a new trend in the dentist?s office, as individuals would be able to walk away with clean teeth and fresh breath. Dentists might want to consider picking up the practice, which could prove beneficial to not only them, but their patients as well. Dentist?s can also advise patients to add a tongue cleaner to their daily cleaning regiment. 


Still, dentists and scientists are learning more about the bacteria and are continuing to create new methods for dealing with the bad breath dilemma. 


"As we identify and find out more about the bacteria that cause bad breath, we can develop treatments to reduce their numbers in the mouth," Clark said.

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