Vol - 28, Issue - 03
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International Medical Journal
Journal ID : IMJ-15-02-2021-759
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Abstract : Halitosis or oral malodor is characterized by unpleasant odor arising from the oral cavity. The prevalence of halitosis however is not studied extensively. A structured questionnaire consisting of 10 questions was administered to 226 undergraduate dental students of a private dental college, Malaysia. A total of 63 out of 226 (27.9%) participants were male and 163 were female. This shows that there are more female dental students who participated in this research than male dental students. Out of 226, 35.4% students reported self-perceived halitosis. It was also seen that bad breath did not affect the social lives of the majority (97.3%) of participants. The results of this study indicate higher prevalence and awareness of halitosis among this population consisting of dental students. All participants brushed their teeth and cleaned the tongue regularly but use of dental floss was extremely low. The prevalence of smoking was very less and maximum students do not smoke. Most students have good oral hygiene and good oral health as in overall percentage. It is highly recommended both male and female students put more emphasis on self-perception of healthy conditions and behaviors as they have to be healthy role models for their patients. The awareness of halitosis as an individual entity should be promoted to the general population and the therapeutic measures should be made available to all.

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