Your mouth is filled with bacteria, fungi, and viruses - collectively called the oral microbiome! Some of these microbes are beneficial, while others cause damage.
Halitosis (bad breath) is driven by specific types of bacteria that live in your mouth. These bacteria produce odorous volatile sulphur compounds (VSC).
Your oral microbiome is associated with everything from recurrent oral infections to conditions including diabetes, heart disease & gut inflammation.
Your mouth is the gateway & mirror to your health.
The type & abundance of bacteria related to halitosis influence the severity of your symptoms and contribute to your risk for more severe oral health conditions. Tracking where you are can indicate if your oral health is improving and provide early warnings if things start to slip.
Specific bacteria in your mouth drive halitosis and more serious conditions including gum disease & gingivitis. Understanding which bacteria you have is the first step in treating it.
Factors like your diet & hygiene create an environment in your mouth that harmful bacteria thrive in. Reducing the harmful bacteria & promoting beneficial ones can help improve your oral health.
Connect with your Bristle oral health coach to review your results & get a personalized action plan!
Former Head of Microbiome at Invitae, Founder + CEO of One Codex
Former Head of Dentistry, Walmart, Chief Strategy Officer, DSO Strategy, LLC
Lieutenant Colonel BioMedical Officer in US Air Force Reserve; former Director at Illumina, Luminex, and Roche
International speaker, consultant, and writer with a focus on the oral microbiome's connection to systemic disease
Former Associate Professor at NYU School of Dentistry and co-founder of the GLO GOOD Foundation
Former Chief Dental Officer at Quip and best selling author
Former Director of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Chicago Hospitals and team surgeon for the Chicago Blackhawks