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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 1999 December;158(6):191-6

Copyright © 1999 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: Italian

Natural treatment of halitosis

Corno F., Mistrangelo M., Capuzzi P., Donati D., Antonucci M., Carera M., Zoanetti S., Ghiougi S.

Università degli Studi - Torino, Dipartimento di Discipline Chirurgiche, Sezione Clinica Chirurgica Generale ed Oncologica


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Background. Halitosis is a com­mon com­plaint dat­ing ­back to an­cient ­times. It is a so­cial and ec­o­nom­i­cal prob­lem, es­pe­cial­ly in in­dus­tri­al­ized coun­tries. Oral mal­o­dour may be ­caused by a num­ber of fac­tors ­both ­intra- and ex­tra-oral­ly, but in ­many cas­es bad ­breath orig­i­nates with­in the ­oral cav­ity it­self. Most in­ves­ti­ga­tors pre­vi­ous­ly re­port­ed ­that vol­a­tile sul­phur com­pounds ­were the ma­jor gas­es as­so­ciat­ed ­with ha­lit­o­sis. The aim of ­this ­study is to eval­u­ate the ef­fi­ca­cy of a new nat­u­ral prod­uct, stud­ied for ha­lit­o­sis.
Methods. To ­this end 20 ­healthy, ­young ­adult vol­un­teers ­were meas­ured for ­oral mal­o­dor af­ter a “gar­lic din­ner”. Volunteers ­were ­split ran­dom­ly ­into two ­groups: noth­ing (n=10) or new nat­u­ral prod­uct (n=10). Subjects ­were test­ed, ­through a “­sniff-­test”, in ran­dom or­der by two judg­es blind­ed to ­group af­fil­i­a­tion through­out. Tests ­were car­ried out 90 and 180 min af­ter ­product’s as­sump­tion.
Results. Authors not­ed a con­sid­er­able re­duc­tion of ­oral mal­o­dour in sub­jects who as­sumed the prod­uct as to con­trol ­group, es­pe­cial­ly af­ter 180 min. The results suggest a benefit in the improvement of halitosis with the new product.
Conclusions. It is under­line ­that ­this prod­uct has to be as­so­ciat­ed ­with im­proved ­oral hy­giene, elim­i­na­tion of ­oral sep­sis and as­sump­tion of reg­u­lar ­meals in or­der to ­have ­best re­sults in treat­ing ha­lit­o­sis. Further eval­u­a­tions are sug­gest­ed to eval­u­ate the prop­er ­role of ­this prod­uct in treat­ing ha­lit­o­sis.

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