Summary

  • Bad breath problems can have either constitutional or psychological reasons.
  • There are sufficient diagnostic and therapeutic tools to face genuine halitosis and offer patients a very much improved quality of breath – and life!
  • Bad breath related problems of psychological origin need to be treated with subtle care. Not only are the patients usually unaware of their situation, but they tend to react by cutting off the contact to the doctor.
  • It is recommended that halitophobia patients are referred to a psychologist as soon as they are ready for it. Before that, dentists and doctors in halitosis consultation hours need to watch out for patients with imaginary bad breath problems and be prepared to avoid naming the condition halitophobia for a while.
Halitophobia is usually diagnosed by dentists, who cannot cure the condition. Therefore, collaboration with a psychotherapist is mandatory.