Thinking of the passage from John Irving’s “The World According to Garp” where Garp recalls his son’s breath turning sour, I noted recently, for the first time, that my 8 year old niece now has bad breath (or at least the capacity for it), whereas she never had it before.
Why don’t young children have halitosis, no matter what they eat? With the amounts of sugar many young children consume, it would seem logical that bacteria would thrive in their mouths.
What causes us to get stinky breath later and what prevents us from having it for so many years? Do we have to go through years of eating foods and nurturing bacteria in our mouths before they finally take over until the day we die? Is there some way of safely eliminating this bacteria and returning us to a pre-halitosis bearing state?