oa South African Family Practice - Oral malodour : CPD article

Volume 53, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



Oral malodour may affect up to three billion people worldwide, with millions of dollars spent on treatment. Halitosis is often used synonymously, but oral malodour is the preferred term for any bad breath emanating from the mouth. Oral causes account for the majority of bad breath cases. It is the objective of this article to review the causes, classification and treatment of oral malodour for health care workers.

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