Pseudohalitosis and halitophobia – psychological cause

  • In contrast, there are bad breath conditions that are subjectively perceived by the patient only (Nagel et al. 2006). Almost one quarter of the patients seeking professional advice suffer from a highly exaggerated concern of having bad breath.
  • These patients are sure that they have bad breath, although many are reported not to have asked anyone for an objective opinion.
  • These conditions are of clear psychological nature and are termed pseudohalitosis or halitophobia depending on severity. In both cases there is no diagnostic evidence of malodour from the mouth (Lochner & Stein 2003).
Perception without odour: Patients with pseudohalitosis and halitophobia suffer from imagined bad breath