Breathing. Breathe. Breath

Breathing is fundamental to life. Mammals do it through their lungs, fish through gills, insects through traceae in their abdomen. Without this most important of automatic responses, we cannot survive. Whether consciously or subconsciously, its importance is with us every day and is even reflected in our language when we speak of seeking ‘breathing space’ or of ‘breathing life’ into a piece of writing or work of art.

As a result, it is perhaps unsurprising that yoga – the “ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing”[1] – includes breathing techniques (pranayama).[2]The word pranayama derives from the Sanskrit and has numerous translations and definitions, one being ‘Breath, considered as a life-giving force’.[3]

When we breathe, in simplistic terms we take in air, extract oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. As we breathe in, our intercostal muscles contract, ribcage expands and diaphragm contracts, sucking in air. As we breathe out, the reverse happens, the inter-chest pressure increasing and forcing air out[4]. This happens often without our even being aware that we are doing it.

The air we inhale and exhale, our breath is tangible proof that we are alive. Whether when silent or speaking, fleeting or protracted, full or devoid of emotion, our breath accompanies speech. How we use our breath can be full of meaning too – a sigh can convey deep meaning, as Shakespeare observed “I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought”.[5] Romantic novels may refer to the effect of a hero’s or heroine’s breath upon another, while in moments of agitation, we may tell someone to ‘save your breath’.

Considering the above, it could be said that when we are in close proximity to others, our breathing, how we breathe and our breath, may give away a lot about ourselves. Even our diet can reveal itself in the form of the smell of such things as garlic, spicy foods or coffee. For those seeking a romantic attachment, breath can be a worry and in research carried out in 2013, having fresh breath was a bigger concern for adults worried about a date (59%) than their choice of outfit (52%).[6]  How our breath may define us can be important and so when something changes, it may have a significant effect.

For those who have bad breath, it can be a real concern. Research shows that suffering from bad breath for a long time can cause sufferers psychological stress and affect their social life.[7]

Qualms about bad breath and its effects are not a modern phenomenon either.  In a letter to her sister in 1800, Jane Austen commented on some of the people she met while at a ball, observing that “I was as civil to them as circumstances [Unexpurgated original: "their bad breath"] would allow me”.[8] Shakespeare in his sonnet 130 refers to “the breath that from my mistress reeks” but it is unlikely the Elizabethan practice of carrying a pomander to mask the smells of the time would be acceptable now.

Today’s concerns regarding bad breath are as real as those of our ancestors. A sufferer may initially try self-help remedies or may seek the help of their dentist. Sometimes, a patient with bad breath may not even realize they are a sufferer, but whatever the situation, their dental practice may be the place where they ultimately look for help.

Bad breath can sometimes be the result, or an indication, of an underlying medical condition and it is important to ascertain its cause. Research published in 2012 noted in the Abstract that “In general, intraoral conditions, like insufficient dental hygiene, periodontitis or tongue coating are considered to be the most important cause (85%) for halitosis”.[9] The study also noted that “microbial degradation in the oral cavity is the main cause of oral malodour. Due to this process, volatile sulphur compounds (VSCs) are formed.”

Some oral hygiene products for treating bad breath may just mask the bad breath caused by these gases (VSCs), but this may not provide the relief required. CB12 uses a combination of low concentrations of zinc acetate and chlorhexidine to neutralize VSCs, providing effective relief from symptoms for up to 12 hours. 

Helping patients to overcome bad breath can make a big difference to them, and relief from its symptoms can be a ‘breath of fresh air’.  

 For more information on CB12 and the extensive research behind it, please visit


[2] Health Impacts of Yoga and Pranayama: A State-of-the-Art Review. Sengupta, P., Int. Journal of preventive Medicine. Available



[5] Shakespeare: Sonnet XXX

[6] ‘Bad breath is Brits’ biggest pre-date worry’. Research by Redshift Research on behalf of CB12 of 2001 Uk Adults 2013. Available at:

[7] Findings, Diagnoses and Results of a Halitosis Clinic over a Seven year Period. Zürcher, A., Filippi, A. Dept of Oral Surgery. University of Basel. Schweiz Monatsschr Zahnmed. Vol. 122; 3/2012.

[8] Letters of Jane Austen -- Brabourne Edition. Letters to her sister Cassandra Austen, 1800, 1801.  Letter to Cassandra; Steventon: Thursday (November 20). Text available at:

[9] Halitotis” the multidisciplinary approach.  Curd, M.L., Bollen, Beikler, T. Int. Journal of Oral Science (2012) 4, 55-63.

Comments (2)

  1. Josef Lewis ⋅ February 18, 2019

    Good day, I'am Josef Lewis, A private loan lender who gives out loan to individuals, companies, and government establishments at a low interest rate of 2%. We know that there are lots of families out there who live on pay to pay check and others that cannot take care of their financial obligations and for this reason we are here for financial restoration.

    We offer a wide range of financial services which includes: Business Planning, Commercial and Development Finance, Properties and Mortgages, Debt Consolidation Loans, Business Loans, Private loans, Home Refinancing, Hotel Loans, student loans etc. Kindly respond immediately using the details below if interested in a loan and be free of scams..

    Call/Text +1(603) 786-7565 thanks

  2. Karen Brown ⋅ February 18, 2019


    Good day everyone,I can’t hide this great testimony that took place in my life I will love everyone to know it and be a partaker of this, that is why I want to share it to the whole world by placing this advert on classifieds, I am Mrs Karen Brown by name, I live in Chattanooga, Tennessee United State, I want to thank ROBBINSON MOORE for his kindness upon my family life, I never knew that there is still a sincere and trustworthy lender like this on the internet and on earth. Just some days I was in search for a loan of $ 100,000.00, As I was running out of money for feeding, School fees, My business was really going out of capital and my rent. I was scammed about $15,000.00 dollars and I decided not to involve my self in such business again. But a Friend of mine introduced me to a loan firm due to my appearance and doings and also my complains to her. And I told her that I am not interested in any loan deal anymore but she told me that there is still a sincere lender who she will recommend me to, And she gave me the details of this man who is called MOORE ROBBINSON. And I really put a trial and I am most greatful and lucky today, I was given a loan amount of $95,000,00 Dollars by this great firm MOORE LOAN COMPANY. If you arew in need of a genuine, Sincere, durable and a truth worthy loan lender or financial assistance and also you know you can be reliable and trusted, capable of paying back at the due / duration time of the funds I will advice you to send your contact to them via email @[] OR Text (414) 454-9493 . And you will be free from scams on the internet. Please I am begging everyone on earth to help me thank Mr ROBBINSON MOORE. And I ill always being sharing this great surprise and testimony that happened in my life everyday to all that need loans. Contact them now if you are in need of a loan: AS THEY ARE EFFICIENT,DYNAMIC AND RELAIBLE.....Again there contact email [ OR Text (414) 454-9493

Write new comment