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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 29-31

Evaluation of the use of a peppermint mouth rinse for halitosis by girls studying in Tehran high schools

1 Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Dental School, Shahed University, Tehran, Iran
2 Department of Oral Medicine, Dental School, Shahed University, Tehran, Iran

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Farid Abbasi
Department of Oral Medicine, Dental School, Shahed University, Tehran
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2231-0762.115702

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Background and Aim: Oral malodor is one of the most common complaints among dental patients. It often creates serious personal and social embarrassment for the afflicted individual. Therefore, a dentist must be able to diagnose the etiology of halitosis and treat it or refer an individual to a specialist. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of halitosis and the effect of a peppermint mouth rinse on it. Materials and Methods: This study was performed in two steps. At the first step, in a cross-sectional study, 504 students who were 14-18 years old were examined to define the students who suffered from halitosis, and then at the second step, the selected 84 students with halitosis were divided into two groups randomly. A total of 43 students in group 1 received a peppermint mouth rinse and 41 students in another group were given placebo. The students in two groups washed their mouth with 15-20 ml of the given solutions three times in a 1-week period (after breakfast, after lunch or on returning to home, before sleeping) and didn't eat anything for 30 min after rinsing. After 1 week, the students were examined again. Results: The prevalence of halitosis was 24.4% totally. In the mouth rinse group, after 1 week 23 students didn't exhibit halitosis, and 11 students in the placebo group were halitosis positive. A chi-square test showed that this difference was significant. Conclusion: Based on the results of this study, it can be said that a peppermint mouth rinse can reduce halitosis.

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