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Does a Tree Hold the Key to Fighting Bad Breath?

Written by  Jim Erpenbach DDS
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When certain bacteria have the upper hand in your  mouth, it can cause halitosis (chronic bad breath). When a strong odor emanates from you, it can be embarrassing and affect your relationships and quality of life. No amount of mouthwash, mints, gum, or even brushing your teeth will completely cover up certain persistent and offensive mouth odors. One research study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry uncovered a fascinating source for a potential potent halitosis fighting extract derived from magnolia bark.  Knoxville dentist, Dr. Jim Erpenbach, will expand upon how magnolia bark extract might become a part of oral hygiene in the future.

Bad Breath Study

Nine adults were given breath tests after they ate a meal. Following the consumption of their food, researchers allowed an hour to pass. Next, all of the study participants were given chewing gum or breath mints. Some of these products contained extract from magnolia bark. A half hour after finishing the gum or mints, another breath test was administered on the volunteers. Those who had consumed the magnolia bark extract presented with a significant reduction of the bacteria that cause bad breath in their mouths. The compound from the magnolia bark was tested on two types of bacteria known to play a role in bad breath, and one type of bacteria that causes cavities. All three strains of germs were killed by the compound from the tree which is most well-known to produce beautiful magnolia flowers.

Dental Care Products of the Future?

Though the extract may have been extremely effective in the small research study, there are currently no oral hygiene products on the market utilizing magnolia bark compounds. The magnolia tree extracts procured for the study were magnolol and honokiol. These compounds were purchased from companies in Japan and China. Unfortunately, developing a homemade breath fighter using parts of an actual magnolia tree is not recommended. We will all have to be patient and hope that further studies harness this amazing potential and make the extract widely and inexpensively available in the United States.

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