The Role of Oral Microbes in Halitosis – A Review
Keywords:Halitosis, Halitophobia, Oral Halitosis, Bacterial Putrefaction, Volatile Sulphur Compounds
Halitosis or malodour is a common complaint that usually causes social embarrassment, irrespective of
socioeconomic status. Halitosis can be a genuine halitosis or pseudo halitosis. Pseudo halitosis occur as
a part of obsessive compulsory disorders and hypochondria where the condition is quite imaginary and is
known as halitophobia. Genuine halitosis can be oral or extra oral. It is well known that majority of the cases
of halitosis results from the microbial activity of the oral cavity. This review aims at discussing the role of
various oral microbes in developing halitosis.