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Most people worry about having bad breath, which also known as halitosis, as shown by the huge sales of breath fresheners. However, it is not easy to tell whether you have it or not. There is actually a psychological condition called delusion of halitosis or halitophobia, in which people have an unshakeable belief that their breath smells, although in fact it does not. Their lives are totally dominated by their 'bad breath' and they are not amenable to reason.
 

Written by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Edited by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Last updated: Friday, February 12th 2010

 


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Posted by Optional on 17/02/2016 at 02:26

My tongue looks normal, my mouth looks fine, I might have stained teeth but that's because I drink coffee and tea, but I haven't drank any of that for months but I worry about if my breath actually smells like squirrel feces or if it's just me thinking it does.

Posted by Optional on 27/01/2016 at 10:25

l dealt with my bad breath this way. u make sure its not a health issue coming from internal organs like liver, kidney, diabetes, constipation, ulcers, fungal infection of the mouth, candida of the mouth, sinus,sress, dry mouth and other diseases. certain drugs cause bad breath like for high blood pressure. a dentist to take care of the mouth. Certain foods like garlic, fish , beans and so on.YOU START BY EATING VARIUS GREEN YEGETABLES AND FRUITS BECAUSE DEFICIENCY OF VITAMINS AND MINERALS AFFECTS THE TOUNGUE. NOT SUPPLEMENTS BUT REAL FOOD. YOU TAKE FOODS THAT ADD IMMUNITY TO HUMAN BODY LIKE YOGHURT A MUST AND GREEN TEA. (GOOGLE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF EACH AND HOW TO TAKE THEM FOR EFFECTIVENESS AND DRUG INTERACTION) GREEN TEA YOU DONT TAKE IT WITH PROTEINS, TAKE IT WITH LEMON AND AVOID IT WHEN TAKING IRON FOODS. ADD SUPERFOODS IN YOUR DIET LIKE BARLEY GRASS, WHEATGRASS, SPIRULINA, CHLOLERA. WHEATGRASS HELPED MY CONSTIPATION. TAKE ORGANIC FOODS AND AVOID CHEMICALS. NOW USE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE TO WASH THE MOUTH TO KILL GERMS WHEN DILLUTED AND THEN USE NATURAL TOOTHPASTE TOGETHER WITH BAKING SODA TO BRUSH AND SCRAP THE TONGUE. ( GOOGLE TO KNOW HOW TO USE THIS THINGS AND THEIR SIDE EFFECTS) TOOTHPASTE YOU CAN USE TEA TREE OIL TOOTH PASTE BY DYNAPHARM COMPANY. EAT VARIOUS TYPES OF FOODS IN MODERATION AND AVOID SUGERY THINGS AND JUNK. BODY NEEDS VARIOUS VITAMINS AND MINERALS LIKE SELENIUM, MAGNESIUM, ZINCH, VITAMIN B12, 9, 6, 3, 2.

Posted by Optional on 19/08/2015 at 08:16

i have a halitosis for all my age please help me i want to live a few time with out halitosis help me help me help me please please please all people condemn me

Posted by Anna on 14/11/2014 at 11:50

Hey guys: good news! A yellowish or whitish tongue (yes, a improperly cleaned tongue) is responsible for 90% or more of the causes of bad breath. So, brush it right and the stinky smell goes away and good breath comes.

Posted by ketevan on 25/07/2014 at 01:19

I have a bad smell and i don't think it is because of tooth and gum problem.the smell appears and disappears time after time, what other disease can cause bad smell. I feel very uncomfortable. Every 6 month period i have dentist's treatement. sometimes i think that maybe there are other diseases of stomach, liver, throat causing bad smell.

Posted by asoo on 29/03/2014 at 04:30

i feel bad breath before period or after period,sometimes in the morning or mid night and my tongue gets white :( plzzzzzzzzz can u tell me y????

Posted by lee on 23/05/2013 at 04:40

i am suffering from halitosis for 17 years i tried everything but nothing happens.

Posted by tipper on 22/04/2013 at 08:01

i need help aswel since seeing the others have a simaliar pblm my problem is even after brushing my teeth i still have bad breath i needed help cus i even thought i had cancer plus i have been smoking for three years i need help

Posted by Vicky on 03/03/2013 at 04:34

i have one decayed teeth. i will repair it soon. my question is do u hAve any natural tips to remove bad breath ?

Posted by Optional on 12/10/2012 at 04:27

I have been sufering from bad breath for 13years and i've gone to many places & have been taking drugs given to me by some doctors & nurses but to no avail. I am confuse and dont knw what to do now.. The problem becoms worse whenever i see myself eat in the dream and wakes up. I realy need help cos i have get rid of this shameful sikness. Pls help me

Posted by Saviour on 05/09/2012 at 02:04

What do i do to stop bad breath? It's really eating me up i need ur help.

Posted by Optional on 01/09/2012 at 09:45

This did not tackle my problem. i researched. always be hydrated and well... brush your teeth i tried mouth wash and it works even better so i can do it any time i in the bath room

Posted by Optional on 08/08/2012 at 08:34

I AM ONLY YOUNG AND MY MUM SAYS MY BREATH SMELL EVEN IF SHE BRUSH MY TEETH

Posted by Optional on 08/07/2012 at 08:50

i am a physically handicapped person with very weak body, dry lip, constipation & bad breath problem. Please guide me. thanks

Posted by philip on 25/06/2012 at 04:15

when i want kiss a girl i get embarrassed because i know i have bad breath but i brush my teeth everyday what can i do

Posted by Optional on 24/04/2012 at 11:46

what can i use to rid of bad breathe

Posted by breathy mae on 16/12/2011 at 02:26

the bone in my mouth where there is no teeth,is tryn to come thru my gums.gum specialist gave me a prescription mouthwash which has helpd so much,but i still have A SMELL THAT COMES OUT.GOING FOR A DEEP TEETH CLEANING NEXT MONTH,BUT I WANT TO TALK TO PEOPLE WITHOUT THEM SMELLING MY BREATH.WHAT ELSE CAN I DO?

Posted by Optional on 12/11/2011 at 04:45

Hello there! Is it normal that you're having a bad breath early in the morning after you wake up? I'm wearing braces and brushing my teeth more than twice everyday. I also use mouthwash, but still.. I'm having that bad breath. Is it normal in the morning?

Posted by Gull on 30/10/2011 at 09:02

This is very true about bad breath I am very consious that I may have abad breath.I have lost my confidence.I work n always worried if people hate me.I am sure if this is the case.What should I do???? I feel its only me whose mouth smells?

Posted by Optional on 01/08/2011 at 02:05

What about Tounsel Stones, I have them and if I don't get them out of my throat I can smell them in my breath. How do you get rid of Tounsel Stones?

Posted by ryan on 28/06/2011 at 01:24

been having bad breath for about seven months now. It started out when i noticed my students sitting in front are covering their mouth everytime i speak. So with other people. I sometimes smell it when i leak and letting it dry after. i also feel uncomfortable about my mouth which feels a bit kinda dry so with my lips which is more often. Do ypu happen to have a branch or clinic based in China? I live in CHINA for 7 years now. Please reply soon. Thank you.

Posted by Optional on 07/03/2011 at 10:23

my daughter had this problem as well about bad breath start taking the herbal myrrh and it went away it really works everyone that i told this too has had great results. you can get it at any healthfood store

Posted by trywater on 30/01/2011 at 06:21

I heard that's a sign that you need more water in your diet. I tried it and it helped a bit I found.

Posted by Optional on 04/10/2010 at 10:16

I have been with this health problem that I have not been able to relate with any Doctor. This health problem is almost as old as me. I usually have excessive saliva in my mouth. If I spit out the saliva within 30 mins, it will fill my mouth again. My close friends who know about it when I was younger use to make fun of it. Pls, Help me get this embarssing thing out of me. It gets worst whenever I have catarrh.

Posted by Optional on 10/07/2010 at 11:49

i have to holes in my teeth i do the best i can to keep my breath under sontrol i have chewing gum breath mints it works but only for a short perod of time im so self-consious of talking to boys they bearely talk back !!!

Posted by sloan on 08/07/2010 at 12:19

mike smith i think you have tonsil stones so you should see your doctor for that. my friend had it and she had surgery and that seems to have fixed it.

Posted by nala on 04/07/2010 at 04:27

i been told i have bad breath what can i do??? i brush my teeth and use mouth wash. my wife scapes her tongue with specail brush is that the cause of it white fur on tongue

Posted by Optional on 23/03/2010 at 04:20

you never mentioned what can cause bad breath, or how it can be cured. what can someone do if they think they have bad breath? Howe can it be prevented in the future? I did not find these things on here.

Posted by Optional on 25/02/2010 at 07:00

Why doesn't anyone mentions tonsil stones when giving bad breath advise. I bet you'll find that alot more people have bad breath due to these than the usual oral hygiene problems.

Posted by mike smith on 19/11/2009 at 06:04

my breath stinks worse than anything you may probably think of. Every dental technique has been tried to tackle the problem without any success and now i believe this problem of mine has almost nothing to do with my dental hygien but has a lot to do with me eating in my dreams every night and waking up cnstipated. Every time i do self insepection e.g. gargling, some back granuels or yellow little solid fats come out no matter how well i might have cleaned my teeth. sometimes i drink lots of water to clean the food pipe before sleep or only eat breakfast for the day the but the problem still remains. My biggest worry is that i can only smell this undescribable smell if and only if i have had the eating dream regardless of any attempt that i may have made to fight the bad smell. Please help

Posted by Emily.s. on 21/09/2009 at 10:42

i have really bad breath i thought maybe i had halitosis but it really does smell it always smells like morning breath and sometimes of poo i brush my teeth about4 times a day nd it still smells even my boyfriend dont want to kiss me what shall i do? help me please i want to be able to smell my own breath without heaving...

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Many chemicals cause the smell in bad breath including hydrogen sulphide, methyl mercaptan and putrescine.

Garlic rubbed into the soles of the feet can be detected later in the breath

Women clean their teeth more often than men - 76% of women brush their teeth at least once a day, but only 58% of men do (British Dental Association)

Politicians, lawyers, judges and teachers have the worst breath - they talk a lot, so their mouths dry out (Professor M Rosenberg)

Shakespeare mentions breath smell - sweet or stinking - more than 100 times. In his day, most people had bad breath (Professor M Rosenberg)

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