Clinical Evaluation of Halitosis Patients in Korea

  • Kim, Min-Jae (Department of Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, Kyung Hee University) ;
  • Kang, Soo-Kyung (Department of Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, Kyung Hee University) ;
  • Chun, Yang-Hyun (Department of Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, Kyung Hee University) ;
  • Hong, Jung-Pyo (Department of Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, Kyung Hee University) ;
  • Auh, Q-Schick (Department of Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, Kyung Hee University)
  • Received : 2014.04.04
  • Accepted : 2014.05.09
  • Published : 2014.06.30


Purpose: This study was designed to evaluate the sex and age differences in the Korean oral malodor patients. Methods: Subjects were the patients with oral malodor (male, 2,239; female, 3,496) visited the Department of Oral Medicine, Kyung Hee University Dental Hospital from January 2007 to December 2012 were recruited to this study and measured the volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) in the oral cavity with Halimeter. Results: There were slightly more female than male (female : male=3 : 2), and the mean values of Halimeter result were 65.79 ppb (female) and 79.94 ppb (male), which was more higher in male. Total patients showed normal age distribution in both gender, and the peak was the age of 26-35 in female, the age of 36-45 in male. The percentages of pseudo-halitosis were 74.7% in female and 69.3% in male, which was more higher in female. Conclusions: Therefore, it was revealed that women are more likely to have oral malodor than men, and there was a difference in the largest age group between men and women. Also women had more pseudo-halitosis patient than men.


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