Around the theme mouth odor are a lot of misunderstandings, but also some ambiguities. Here below follows some 10 “did-you-know”:

(1). Halitosis rarely comes from the stomach! So a referral from your GP for a gastrointestinal examination (gastroscopy) is nearly always useless. And no excuses about what you ate yesterday!


(2). Medication can play a role in the intensity of the smell. All medication which cause a saliva reduction, make the situation worse. Calming medications, diuretics and antidepressants ensure this problem! See the leaflets!


(3). During menstruation, mouth odor can be more evident than during other times of the female cycle. Not in every female this hormonal process has an influence on the mouth odor!


(4). Use of onions, garlic, spices, tobacco and alcohol gives no real mouth odor. Indeed, when these products are not taken, the odors will disappear spontaneously.


(5). Halitofobia is a serious problem. In these cases, the patient is 100% convinced to have bad breath, which is observed by everyone! In reality, however, there is nothing to worry about. Because these patients are so convinced that they are right and often totally obsessed with their “problem”, they shop around from doctor to doctor and from specialist to specialist, hoping to get somewhere a (nonexistent) confirmation. In extreme cases halitofobie can lead to suicide.


(6). Rinsing agents, mints and chewing gum are no long-term solution for mouth odor. These products camouflage temporary the problem. Only a thorough mechanical cleaning of the teeth and tongue provide an adequate solution.


(7). A man being can not smell his own breath. There is no self-test for halitosis. Therefore, one finds best a counselor that one can ask straightforward or there is a bad breath or not.


(8). Halitosis has been reported for centuries. Even in religious literature (Bible, Koran and Torah) there are stories described about bad breath.


(9). Tongue cleaning with a scraper also ensures that your taste buds again function optimally. Especially for people who are professionally involved in food and / or drink, this is an “eye-opener”!


(10). Taboos are to break! Would you yourself walk around with bad breath? Does it not make sense that someone would be there to tell you, no matter how difficult it may be? Therefore, you should make the subject negotiable to others. Surely in an intimate relationship is talking about a disturbing breath odor necessary!