- Updated on August 3, 2019
By Dr. Artour Rakhimov, Alternative Health Educator and Author
Halitosis (bad breath) is a common problem that is faced by 25% of the population. After tooth decay and gum disease, bad breath is the third most common disease for which the people seek dental care. Bad oral hygiene and overbreathing (chronic hyperventilation) are significant causes that lead to halitosis. (Over 95% of the modern population suffer from chronic overbreathing – see the Homepage for details and relevant statistics.) Note that all our Buteyko Method breathing retraining students who achieved a certain level for body oxygen in their breathing retraining (Number X below) got rid of bad breath naturally as a side effect of slower breathing, more oxygen in the body cells, and significantly improved immunity. They reversed their halitosis by using this natural treatment based on breathing retraining.
Physiologic halitosis or morning breath is a type of halitosis which is developed from the stagnation of saliva, bacteria presence or left-over food particles. Halitosis can be diagnosed by the methods like mechanical tests, organoleptic tests, and so forth.
Symptoms of halitosis
The symptoms of bad breath may vary as per its cause. Many people do not know that they have bad breath when some people have a belief that they have bad breath. It happens because we cannot smell our breath and to know about our breath smell, we may ask family or friends to confirm. One of the symptoms of bad breath is bad taste. We can get a bad taste in the mouth when we are affected by bad taste. Sometimes bad taste will not disappear by brushing or cleaning mouth with mouthwash. The mouth may be dry when halitosis happens. Sometimes bad breath can be noticed by the burning tongue and morning bad breath. Only a vigilant person can know that they have a bad breath problem.
Causes of halitosis
Chronic overbreathing makes people deficient in oxygen levels in body tissues. Low body-oxygen suppresses the immune system and favors spread of germs in various body organs, the mouth included. People with normal breathing do not develop halitosis at all. Hence, overbreathing is the leading cause of bad breath.
Apart from chronic overbreathing, bad breath can develop from different additional origins, such as:
- Foods like garlic and onions can cause bad breath and it can also happen due to the food particles that are stuck on teeth
- poor dental hygiene: An ineffective dental health may cause halitosis
- use of tobacco
- dry mouth
- use of drugs
- diseases such as liver failure, cancers can cause halitosis
- oral infections.
Specific medications may also lead to halitosis. However, accumulation of pathogens in the mouth is possible only when the immune system is suppressed, and this is the crucial reason why chronic overbreathing should be considered as the primary cause of chronic halitosis.
Complications due to halitosis
Specific and severe complications are sometimes found in patients with halitosis disease. Halitosis produces behavioral changes in a person, such as:
- Depression: patients with halitosis may develop depression due to circumstances that they go through while having bad breath.
- Anxiety: is a complication which came along with halitosis disease. Patients may have anxiety towards their lousy breath condition like their breath is unbearable to others or not.
- OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).
Natural treatment of halitosis with Buteyko breathing
The good thing is that it has a remedy based on breathing retraining based on the Buteyko method and oral hygiene. Let us start with oral health. Continuous mouth hydration can lower the bad breath problem. Bad breath in most of the cases came from a mouth. However, it is proven that throat, nose, stomach, lungs disorders may also lead to bad breath. Mouth washing, flossing and tongue cleaning are some of the method prescribed by doctors to treat halitosis patients.
In many cases, halitosis is a short-term problem which can be treated with short-term oral care and without breathing retraining. Such simple treatment mainly considers washing away germs and bacteria which causes bad breath from mouth. Regular brushing is vital (if possible brush your teeth two times a day with dentifrices), Using fluoride toothpaste helps too. Cleaning tongue and brushing teeth after having a meal, dental check-ups every 6 months, and more points are necessary. These are other oral hygiene steps that will eventually remove bad breath in uncomplicated cases.
Halitosis causes dryness in the mouth. So It is better to drink water or chew sugar-free gum for prevention of bad breath. Chewing mint is one of the natural remedies which is useful in having good breath. It is also identified that smokers may have halitosis. So they may have to stop smoking so that halitosis can be solved. Foods such as onions and garlic, as mentioned above, cause halitosis in some cases when breathing is heavy. So it should be kept in mind that patients who have bad breath should avoid foods which have these two elements at large.
However, in more chronic and severe cases, increasing body oxygen levels up to a specific number X 24/7, as experience of our students show, always leads to complete elimination of halitosis.
35 s morning CP or higher with pulse less than 70 beats per minute.