Perception of one’s own breath

  • Every person has a more or less clear view of their personal hygiene and health status including the quality of one’s own breath.
  • Interestingly, most people who suffer from bad breath related problems reveal an explicitly false perception of the real situation.

Physiological and psychological forms

  • Physiologically caused and provable bad breath is not perceived by most persons affected.
  • The disorder can also be of psychogenic nature: the patient is the only person perceiving the malodour, while other people as well as instruments are unable to detect it.
  • Halitosis consultation hours in dental clinics, although less widespread than can be wished for, offer helpful advice as well as treatment (Filippi 2008a).