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Unpleasant odor from the mouth

Last reviewed by: Aleksey Portnov , medical expert, on 05.10.2018

Halitosis is an unpleasant odor from the mouth that is felt in the exhaled air (actually "halitosis") or regardless of the act of breathing.

Variants of halitosis:

  • bacterial halitosis;
  • ekzogennıy halitoz;
  • pseudochalitosis (psychogenic);
  • symptomatic halitosis.

Bacterial chalitosis is associated with the metabolic activity of oral bacteria. More often associated with prolonged starvation (insufficient cleansing of the tongue from the plaque), a rare and irregular intake of food (especially mild), as well as poor oral care, dry mouth of various genes.

Exogenous halitosis, as a rule, is associated with the use of certain nutrients (garlic, onions, marinades, sauces, etc.), tobacco and alcohol.

Pseudohalitosis or psychogenic halitosis is noted in patients who are convinced of the presence of a serious disease. Usually there is no bad breath. However, patients are depressed, avoid communication. Most often, this pathopsychological phenomenon is due to the consolidation in the mind of the anxious-hypochondriac personality of the notion of former and noted by the surrounding from the mouth and development of the neurosis of obsessive states. Pseudohalitosis can be the debut of neuro-like form of schizophrenia.

Symptomatic chalitosis occurs in diseases of teeth and gums, nasopharynx, esophagus, stenosis of the pylorus, intestinal obstruction, lung diseases, endotoxicosis and poisoning.

It is important to know!

An unpleasant odor can be so pronounced that it will make it almost impossible to communicate with people at close range.

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