Clinical assessment of bad breath: Current concepts

Mel Rosenberg*

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Bad breath typically originates in the mouth, often from the back of the tongue. Nasal problems also can cause bad breath; odor generated in this manner can be easily distinguished from mouth odor by comparing the odor exiting the mouth and nose. In most cases, good professional oral care combined with a daily regimen of oral hygiene - including interdental cleaning, deep tongue cleaning and optional use of an efficacious mouthrinse - will lead to improvement. This article discusses common causes of oral malodor as well as methods to assess the extent of the problem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-482
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Dental Association
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1996


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