J Dent Hyg Sci.  2016 Oct;16(5):370-377. 10.17135/jdhs.2016.16.5.370.

Correlation among Halitosis, Xerostomia and Stress in Adults

  • 1Department of Dental Hygiene, College of Health Science, Eulji University, Seongnam 13135, Korea.
  • 2Department of Dental Hygiene, Suwon Science College, Hwaseong 18516, Korea. hanjh@ssc.ac.kr


This study is conducted to provide a basis for effective management of bad breath with a poll in 155-scaling patients visiting the dental hygiene department of a university located in Gyeong-gi province after grasping the relevance among halitosis, xerostomia, and stress from them. Analysis was performed using PASW Statistics 18.0. The results of the halitosis measurements based on the general properties showed a significant difference in the hydrogen sulfide (H₂S) level depending on the patient's age; the highest level of 355.61 was observed in patients in their twenties followed by 227.85 in the fifties (p<0.001). The level was higher in cases with sinusitis or rhinitis (p=0.034). The H₂S and (CH₃)₂S levels showed are levant (r=0.492, p<0.01) correlation with the components of halitosis. Further, among other factors affecting breath odor, (CH₃)₂S was shown to increase with increased stress. These results indicate that emotional factors, such as stress, should be considered when diagnosing patients with halitosis, and systematic and standardized diagnostic tools should be developed.


Halitosis; Stress; Xerostomia
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