Dry mouth, smoking are prevalent among Saudi students with halitosis
Keeping your mouth clean and fresh can be difficult during college, no matter where one's university is located. To determine just how many collegians suffer from bad breath, and what their oral habits are, a team of researchers recently surveyed students from the King Saud University in Saudi Arabia.
The results, which appear in the Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice, associated dry mouth, smoking and tea consumption with halitosis. While 44 percent of male and 32 percent of female students reported detecting their own bad breath, just 12 and 22 percent, respectively, sought any sort of treatment.
Men and women were found to drink tea in roughly equal numbers, but more than six times as many men reported smoking. The research team said that this practice likely had a significant effect on halitosis rates.
What did students do to fight bad breath? More than 80 percent of female students used both a toothbrush and a miswak, a traditional tooth-cleaning stick whose use is emphasized by Islamic hygiene jurisprudence. By comparison, only about half of male students did the same.
Rather than letting one's breath go to pot, individuals with halitosis may consider adding a speciality breath freshening product to their oral hygiene regimen.