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Definition An offensive oral odour caused by (local) oral pathology–e.g., poor dental hygiene with bacterial growth in plaques, acute or chronic gingivitis, or (distant) pathology i.e., further “south” in the GI tract due to fungal overgrowth, food entrapment in Zenker’s diverticulum, etc.

Comment Many persons, especially those with increased interpersonal sensitivity and obsession-compulsion disorder, perceive their breath to be more malodorous than impartial judges. 

Reference Int J Oral Sci online 22 June 2012[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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