BAD BREATH, or halitosis, is an unpleasant odor emanating from the mouth. Normally our breath is odorless. If INDIGESTION or GUM PROBLEMS causes bad breath, refer to the pertinent listing. The following definition is for bad breath that is not caused by a pathological disorder.
When bad breath seems to float from the depths of the body, it indicates the presence of tremendous internal pain, thoughts of hatred, vengeance or extreme anger that seethe below the surface and are directed toward those who have hurt you. You find such toxic thoughts to be shameful and prefer to stay unaware, but you must realize that you are killing yourself slowly in the process. The reality of the situation is this: your bad breath is pushing away the people you want most to be close to.
If you wonder whether you have bad breath, ask those you trust for their honesty. If they confirm your suspicions, it's important that you determine whether it has a pathological cause. If your halitosis proves to have no physical cause, your body is sending you a dire message that you must adjust a very unhealthy attitude. There is no wound so deep it cannot be healed by true forgiveness. Let go of the brooding shame and sense of powerlessness fermenting inside you and accept that you are worthy of love. Rediscover your capacity for giving and receiving love. See the steps to forgiveness explained at the end of this book.