Prevalence of oral malodor and the relationship with habitual mouth breathing in children

Takashi Kanehira, Junji Takehara, Dairo Takahashi, Okahito Honda, Manabu Morita

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The prevalence of oral malodor and association of habitual mouth breathing with oral malodor were investigated in children residing in rural areas. One hundred and nineteen children participated in this study. A sulfide monitor and organoleptic method were used to evaluate oral malodor. About 8% of children had a sulfide level in mouth air above the socially acceptable limit (75 ppb). Habitual mouth breathing was a factor contributing to oral malodor. Oral malodor was not significantly correlated with plaque index, history of caries or frequency of toothbrushing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-288
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2004
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Dentistry(all)

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