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Curr Infect Dis Rep. 2003 Jun;5(3):220-226.

Microbiology and Treatment of Halitosis.

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University of Michigan School of Dentistry, 1011 N. University, Ann Arbor MI, 48109, USA. wloesche@umich.edu

Abstract

The many thousands of individuals who experience oral malodor that stems from the overgrowth of proteolytic, anaerobic bacteria on their tongue surfaces can be successfully treated by a regimen that includes tongue brushing and tooth brushing, often in combination with a mouthrinse containing an antibacterial agent. Several candidate mouthrinses containing essential oils (Listerine; Warner-Lambert, Morris Plains, NJ), ZnCl(2), chlorine dioxide, or an oil:water-cetylpyridium chloride mouthrinse have reduced the organoleptic scores of individuals with moderate levels of oral malodor in the absence of tongue brushing. Very little long-term data beyond 6 weeks of use are available.

PMID:
12760819

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