Science Finally Explains Why Some People Have Really Bad Breath


If you have stinky breath and have ruled out all the usual suspects -- like garlic and onions -- then you may be one of the estimated 65 percent of Americans who suffers from halitosis, or chronic bad breath.

The bright side: It's not entirely your fault.

In the animated TED-Ed video up top, bad breath expert Mel Rosenberg reveals the root of stanky mouth syndrome: bacteria.

Rosenberg reveals,

Thus, smelly breath.

To combat the off-putting odor, make sure bacteria has nothing to feed on by brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist regularly.

Chewing gum sweetened with xylitol may also help as a quick fix, according to NYC dentist Jennifer Jablow.

If all else fails, pop a mint (or five) and accept your fate.

Citations: Heres Where Your Bad Breath Is Actually Coming From (Huffington Post)