Bad breath could be beneficial after all with a new study published in the Journal of Breath Research suggesting that the compound responsible for bad breath could be used to speed up the development of stem cells in dental pulp.
Researchers led by Dr Ken Yaegaki, from Nippon Dental University in Japan, found that hydrogen sulphide (H2S) speeds up the development of teeth stem cells into liver cells. The researchers tested the effect of H2S by collecting stem cells from the dental pulp from teeth obtained from patients who underwent tooth extractions.
The researchers then divided the stem cells collected into two groups. The first group was incubated in a H2S chamber while the second was used as a control group. The researchers found that stem cells that were incubated in the H2S chamber developed into liver cells faster than those in the control group.