Bad Breath (Halitosis): Causes & Symptoms

by Meenakshi Nagdeve last updated -

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Bad breath can ruin one’s first impression, and it can also harm professional and public interactions, leading to the development of inferiority complexes in an individual.

What is Bad Breath?

Bad breath, as the name suggests, is a condition in which a foul smell emits from the mouth of an individual. After rinsing or brushing the teeth, it usually disappears, but in the case of chronic or persistent bad breath, the foul smell persists. Chronic bad breath condition is scientifically known as halitosis or fetor oris, and it can be a manifestation of various internal malfunctions.



The common causes of halitosis include the following:

  • Certain foods especially onion, garlic, and spices
  • Severe dieting
  • Poor digestion
  • Dehydration
  • Gastric ulcers
  • Milk intolerance
  • Periodontal disease
  • Sinus and respiratory disorders


Bad breath leads to the following symptoms:

  • Persistent dryness of the mouth
  • Sour or bitter taste in the mouth
  • Tonsils show white nodules
  • A yellow or white coating on the tongue
  • Drainage of mucus from the nasal passage
  • Sores in the mouth Protection Status
About the Author

Meenakshi Nagdeve, Co-Founder, Organic Facts is a health and wellness enthusiast and is responsible for managing it. She has completed the Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. An ardent follower of naturopathy, she believes in healing with foods. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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