Bad breath

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Bad Breath

      We as the people have always relied on breath fresheners to relieve our common problem of bad breath, but can we ask, does it really work? The factors leading up to bad breath are quite simple, food and bad oral hygiene. When upon eating food, it's absorbed within the bloodstream, where it is carried into the lungs and then ejected. The approach of sanitizing your mouth will only eliminate the odor for a temporary amount of time, as the odor will eventually die off when the body disperses the food. Another common factor that contributes to bad breath is Xerostomia, also known as dry mouth. Your mouth has a tendency to dry out over night during a night’s sleep or over a long speech such as a regular conversation. Mostly bacteria on the tongue and gums are also a leading cause in bad breath. As a human grows older, their gums create pockets, which is a convenience place for bacteria to generate. The pocket basically houses the bacteria in a place out of the reach of toothbrushes and even to mouth wash. Basically, natural bodily functions and human tendencies are factors in which causes the common problem of everyday bad breath, but still how can people fix this?
     Since the real question is, which breath freshener will reduce the most oral bacteria? The scientist must test a series of breath fresheners to display which ones are most productive. Due to scientific researching, the scientist's hypothesize that the outcome of this experiment is that Listerine Mouth Strips will work the best because it kills 99.9% of odor-causing bacteria in 30 seconds. The purpose of this experiment is to show which breath fresheners work the best from different competitive name brands that people use to help maintain good breath. This will also display what people have been wasting their money on and what people should spend money on. The Constants are the temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit at which the experiment undertaken, the time of which all Petri dishes were placed, and the incubator used. The Independent Variable is which type of breath fresheners that were used, and the dependent variables are the ring of circumference that is from which the bacterium doesn’t grow.
      The experiment was quite simple, gather all the elements that are needed, which is a loaned incubator along with ten different pea tree dishes, ten different types of breath fresheners, 10 Q-tips, and 5 days in allotted time. Once gathering all materials, keep to the following procedures:
"     Take one Q-tip and swab your mouth thoroughly
"     Take the Q-tip out of your mouth, and wipe it in a vertical motion and then a horizontal motion on the Petri dish.
"     Dispose of each Q-tip, do not re-use.
"     Place the desired breath freshener in the middle of the Petri dish
"     And repeat the same process for the rest of the other Petri dishes
"     Then once everything's done, place all Petri dishes inside of incubator for 5 days at 98.6 degrees
"     After 5 days, take all 10 Petri dishes out of the incubator, and measure the circle of circumference of which the bacteria did not grow on.
"     Record Data for that one particular Petri dish, and repeat for all 10 other Petri dish.

      These breath fresheners that were used consisted of: Listerine mouth wash, Listerine mouth strips, Altoids, Certs, Tic Tacs, Icebreakers, Winterfresh, X-it, Nu breath, and Sweet Breath. It was necessary to conduct the incubation period under the normal oral temperature of 98.6 degrees for the experiment to be most effective as possible. After five days of unclosed incubation under oral temperature, the odor was unbearable. The stench was very concentrated with different communities of oral germs.

      The diameter of the circles left in the petri dishes was measured. The ranges of diameters were from attracting bacteria to 13mm. It was surprising that some breath fresheners could either attract more oral bacteria, or relieve no odor at all. The average range of all the diameters was 4.6.
Fresheners      Diameter
Listerene Mouth Wash     13mm
Listerine Mouth Strip     1mm x 1mm
Altoids     5mm
Certs     2mm
Tic Tacs     Attract oral bacteria
Ice Breakers Capsules     4mm
Winterfresh     o
X-it     10mm
Nu Breath     4mm
Sweet Breath     7mm

      The results showed that Listerine Mouth wash covered the most area in sanitizing oral bacteria. Ironically, Tic Tacs attract oral bacteria and Winterfresh just doesn't help whatsoever. A common buy for the relief of bad breath is the famous British Altoids. The experiment shows that Altoids can be somewhat reliable. Sweet Breath is also an unknown reliable freshener. Next to the highest freshener in diameter is x-it. This small capsule is half the size of an Altoids, but works twice as better.      
      The scientist's hypothesis was rejected. The Listerine mouth strips' ring of circumference had a diameter of 1mm x 1mm. The freshener with the largest ring of circumference was The Listerine Mouthwash. The mouthwash had a circumference of 13mm. This shows that Listerine Mouthwash is the best way to go. Using this daily and after meals will help reduce the common problem of bad breath.

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