Other Names for Bad Breath

It’s a famous quote we’ve all heard. William Shakespeare’s famous line spoken by Juliet in Romeo and Juliet “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” But is the same for the contrary? Does bad breath smell as sour by other names? Here are a few synonyms for bad breath:

Halitosis – a commonly used Latinate term meaning affliction. Its origin comes from Victorian times when studies into the causes of bad breath were gaining momentum.  The first recorded use of Halitosis was in 1874. J.W. Howe’s work titled The Breath and the Diseases Which Give It a Fetid Odor states “Chronic poisoning from lead, arsenic, or mercury may also be enumerated as a common cause of halitosis.” Howe lists other possible causes of halitosis which include emotional pangs, catarrh, mineral poisons and dyspepsia. Clearly, today’s causes of bad breath have changed dramatically since the late 19th century.

Fetor ex ore – Latin meaning “bad smell from the mouth.” Definitely not a common term, but an impressive one.

Foul breath – sounds like a baseball term doesn’t it? No doubt the common use of chewing tobacco and (not sugar free) gum while sitting in the bullpen can lead to awful breath. Chewing tobacco can also lead to gum disease. We suggest to you baseball players out there our PerioTherapy products  and TheraBreath’s many sugar-free gums, mints and strips to keep your mouth healthy and breath fresh for after the game.

Offensive breath – yet another athletic-sounding term. This one brings to mind football images and stinky breath emanating from those saliva-crusted mouth guards.  Both the offense and defense should consider rinsing their mouth guards with one of TheraBreath’s oral rinses both post and pre game.

Bromopnea – a scientific term with Greek origins “bromos” meaning stink and “pnoe” meaning breath. Perhaps this term was created due to the Ancient Greek’s consumption of fatty meats and garlic. Diet can definitely create bad breath. To learn about foods that will help stop bad breath, be sure to read: http://blog.therabreath.com/2010/03/foods-that-will-help-bad-breath/.

Morning Breath – a commonly used term today that not only means bad breath, but mainly the foul breath a person has when they first wake up. Morning breath often occurs when you sleep when your mouth open, leaving your palate and throat exposed and dry from the air you are breathing. Your mouth also produces less saliva while you sleep because your brain knows you aren’t eating and doesn’t need to create saliva to help breakdown food. Dry mouth absent of oxygen-rich saliva is a prime breeding ground for bad breath.

Dragon breath – not a very nice term, but can often be used in playful situations.

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One Response to “Other Names for Bad Breath”

  1. Sarah Says:

    Bad breath

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