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Ned Tijdschr Tandheelkd. 1998 Sep;105(9):314-7.

[Halitosis, foetor ex ore].

[Article in Dutch]

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Dienst Neus-, Keel-, Oorziekten, Gelaat- en Halschirurgie, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgiƫ.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To review the results of a multidisciplinary approach on halitosis.

DESIGN:

Descriptive.

SETTING:

University Hospital Leuven, Belgium.

METHODS:

Review of the data on etiology, diagnosis and therapy of halitosis, obtained by a multidisciplinary team consisting of ENT specialists, periodontologists and a psychiatrist. Malodour was confirmed by a halimeter.

RESULTS:

491 patients, equally males and females, with a concentration between 20-50 years of age were seen. Oral causes (87%) were due to tongue coating (51%), gingivitis (17%), periodontitis (15%) or combinations 17%). The other 13% causes were due to ENT-related problems (4%), both ENT and oral (3%), digestive tract (1%) and presumed psychic (5%).

CONCLUSION:

Halitosis is a rather unknown medical problem that often can be solved by a multidisciplinary approach.

PMID:
11928438
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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