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Trends in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

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Abstract

TROGER, Bernard; ALMEIDA JR, Hiram Laranjeira de  and  DUQUIA, Rodrigo Pereira. Emotional impact of halitosis. Trends Psychiatry Psychother. [online]. 2014, vol.36, n.4, pp.219-221. ISSN 2237-6089.  https://doi.org/10.1590/2237-6089-2014-0001.

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the emotional impact of halitosis on 18-year-old men using a self-reported questionnaire.

METHOD:

A total of 2,224 participants underwent dental and medical examinations in the army medical services in the city of Pelotas, southern Brazil, in July 2008.

RESULTS:

In this sample, 12% of respondents expressed concern about their oral malodor, which had a strong emotional impact on their quality of life.

CONCLUSIONS:

The individuals reporting halitosis showed a higher degree of concern with their oral malodor. Low educational level and low income were associated with psychological impact and halitosis in this population.

Keywords : Halitosis; emotional impact; young men; military.

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