To begin treating chronic bad breath, it is of the out most importance to identify the underlying source of this condition. Since the causes for this disease can greatly vary, the classification of the different types of halitosis must be crystal clear and perfectly established.
Halitosis expert, Dr. Murat Aydin's classification method of chronic halitosis is by far the most comprehensive I have come across. According to his classification system, there are 5 different types of halitosis:
Type 1 - Bad breath that takes its origin from the tongue dorsum (back of the tongue) or other tongue disorders (black tongue), bacterial imbalance of the mouth, cavities, gum disease, bio-film formation in the oral cavity. Food residue is ingested and turned into an aromatic gaseous waste called volatile sulfur compound (VSC) by anaerobic bacteria present in vast numbers between the tongues papillae (taste buds), mucus, and bio-film.
Type 2 - Halitosis that originates from around the oral cavity. Post nasal drip, Waldeyer's lymphoid ring, tonsilloliths, retro-nasal mucosa, oropharynx etc.
Type 3 - Halitosis originating from the gastrointestinal canal. Such conditions include chronic acid reflux, hiatal hernia, H. pylori gastritis, bacterial over growth, mal-absorptions, gastric ulcers, gut and colon diseases.
Type 4 - Bad breath from blood gases. Disorders and diseases that prevent metabolic substances to be evacuated by the body through proper kidneys and/or liver functions. When these organs cease their filtering action, the metabolic wastes enter the blood streams. As a result, the lungs expel the toxins when exhaled causing a constant state of severe bad breath.
Type-5 Delusional halitosis also known as Halitophobia. A psychological state resulting in a highly exaggerated concern of having chronic bad breath.
Dealing With Chronic Bad Breath
Living with chronic bad breath really is an experience I wouldn’t wish on anyone. I’ve suffered from it for over 15 years and know very well all the personal and professional consequences this disease can have. Because that’s what it is, a disease, and there is no better word to describe it.
I can honestly say that in the course of all of these years, I’ve tried everything there is to try, spent money on most products there was money to spend on, and basically done everything there was to be done!
If you suffer from chronic halitosis, I mean the real nasty, beastly, horridly awful type of bad breath that never goes away and where everyone keeps offering you mints and gums that don’t help, all I can offer you is what works. I'll show you treatments for it and ways to keep it under control.