Grow Youthful: How to Slow Your Aging and Enjoy Extraordinary Health
Grow Youthful: How to Slow Your Aging and Enjoy Extraordinary Health

Halitosis (bad breath)

What is bad breath?

Do you have bad breath?

Causes of temporary bad breath

Causes of chronic halitosis

Remedies for bad breath (good dental hygiene)

What is bad breath?

About 25% of all people suffer from chronic (long term) bad breath. Everyone else can also suffer from bad breath, but it is usually just the result of eating one of the "stinky" foods or not properly cleaning the mouth and teeth. The intensity of bad breath can vary during the day, depending on what you are eating, whether you are drinking sufficient water, and other factors discussed below.

Most bad breath originates in the mouth (85% - 90% of cases).

When you are sleeping during the night, your mouth is inactive and does not have a saliva flow, so the odour is usually worse upon awakening ("morning breath"). But this smell disappears after your saliva starts flowing again, you drink a glass of water, start talking, and have breakfast.

Halitosis can negatively affect your personal, social, and business relationships, leading to poor self-esteem and increased stress.

Do you have bad breath?

It is difficult to tell if you have bad breath by smelling your own breath, because your sense of smell is acclimatised to yourself. However, it is easy to detect bad breath in other people. Research has also suggested that self-evaluation of halitosis is not effective because of preconceived notions of how bad we think it should be. Some people assume that they have bad breath because of a metallic, sour, faecal, or other taste in their mouth, but bad tastes are not an effective indicator.

The simplest most effective way to discover if you have bad breath is to ask a trusted adult family member or very close friend ("confidant"). If the confidant confirms that you have a breath problem, he or she can help determine whether it is coming from the mouth or the nose. Later, they can confirm whether a particular treatment is effective or not.

Causes of temporary bad breath

Causes of chronic halitosis

Remedies for bad breath (good dental hygiene)