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Bad breath plagues just about everyone at one time or another.  People snicker about it, but bad breath can be a devastating social disability.


  • The mouth: The structures in the mouth that can harbor bad breath are:

- The teeth, The Gums, The tongue (especially the back of the tongue)

  • The upper respiratory tract: This includes the nasal cavities, sinuses, throat, tonsils and the larynx (voice box).

A. The term for bad breath from the upper respiratory tract is ozostomia

B. Ozostomia is the second most common type of bad breath, and is most commonly associated with post nasal drip, but can be associated with infections of the various organs in the upper respiratory tracts as well, including sinusitis, sore throat and laryngitis.

  • The lungs:

A. Stomatodysodia is the term for bad breath caused by outright disease processes in the lungs, such as various infections, emphysema, bronchitis or lung cancer.

B. Halitosis is the term for bad breath that results from physiologic processes elsewhere in the body and carried to the lungs by the bloodstream, or to the mouth by chronic vomiting.

  • The stomach: Technically, this type of bad breath is a subcategory of halitosis, but one that does not originate from the lungs.  Bad breath originating from the stomach is caused by disease processes which produce chronic vomiting.


  • Poor dental hygiene —  Teeth are coated with film or plaque, food debris trapped between teeth, pale or swollen gums
  • Infections in the mouth —  Gums may be red, swollen and bleed easily, especially after brushing or flossing; pus may drain from between teeth; a pocket of pus (abscess) at the base of a tooth; loose teeth or a change in “fit” of a denture; painful, open sores on the tongue or gums
  • Respiratory tract infections —  Sore throat, swollen lymph nodes (“swollen glands”) in the neck, fever, stuffy nose, a greenish or yellowish nasal discharge, a mucus-producing cough
  • External agents —  Cigarette stains on fingers and teeth, a uniform yellow “coffee stain” on teeth
  • Dry mouth —  Difficulty swallowing dry foods, difficulty speaking for a prolonged period because of mouth dryness, a burning sensation in the mouth, an unusually high number of dental caries, dry eyes (in Sjögren’s syndrome)
  • Systemic (bodywide) illnesses —  Symptoms of diabetes, lung disease, kidney failure or liver disease


  • Self Diagnosis
  • Professional diagnosis-  Hallimeter

-  Gas chromatography

-  BANA test

-  β-galactosidase


  1. Clove leaves.

Natural Remedies:

  • Health Benefits of Clove Leaf Clove leaves contain high amounts of eugenol, which makes it a potent anti fungal medicine. Dentists use the analgesic effect of clove leaves as an effective anesthetic in times of severe toothache. Cloves are very good sources of flavonoids and hence inhibit free radical oxidation. Clove leaves have anti-inflammatory properties. Clove leaves can also be used to treat mild infections like common cold, cough, flu, and indigestion. They are effective against bloating and flatulence too. Skin eruptions like boils, pimples and acne can find relief with topical application of clove leaves.

Take some clove leaf, clean it and eat without cooking.

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