Can you have bad breath when nervous that cannot be detected after an hour?

Hi. I really need your help as this is bothering me a lot. In the past six months, I have become really conscious of bad breath. This resulted in me not drinking tea which I usually do in the morning (I never have breakfast) to avoid having anything in the mouth to give bad breath. Hence, I would not eat/ drink anything from 9 am - 12 pm . As I would be nervous about my breath around 11 am, I would feel extremely conscious of my mouth and think that I could smell something bad. Someone offered me gum and covered their nose with their hair. Can the lack of food for three hours be causing bad breath? I asked my friend at 12.15 pm if I had bad breath on two different days and she said no (she is quite trustworthy). I am wondering if it is possible that my breath smelled around 11 am and then came back to normal around 12.15 because the stress was gone? This is important as I would meet and interact with my boss around those times. Thank you so much!

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Answer: Can You Have Bad Breath When Your Nervous

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

There are many reasons someone could have bad breath. The foods we eat, our body chemicals, poor oral hygiene, as well as stomach and digestive issues can all contribute to what one may consider, "bad breath". Stress can change the chemical make up in our body, which can alter the salivation process in the mouth. What you are considering "bad breath" is more than likely the presence of volatile sulfur compounds. These are simply byproducts of the bacteria that live in our mouth. When we feel stress, our salivary glands may produce less saliva, creating a drier environment than normal and decreasing the oxygen. The bacteria in our mouth love a dry environment and hate oxygen, so this creates a more favorable environment for them. So it may help to determine why your stress increases when your boss is around. If you can ease your stress level when he/she is present, I believe you will see a difference in your breath and no longer have a reason to feel self conscious.

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