Malodor: Detection & Treatment - L0739


About Course #L0739

Release Date: July 31, 2013

Review Date: June 14, 2019

Expiration Date: December 31, 2019

Chronic oral malodor, also referred to as halitosis, bad breath, mouth malodor, oral malodor, and fetor oris, is an unpleasant condition that is estimated to affect up to 50% of the population. This common condition is often distressing for patients, causing them social embarrassment and affecting their relationships and self-esteem. Given its prevalence and psychosocial effects, it is no surprise that malodor is one of the chief complaints reported to dental health providers. Effective management depends on identifying the origin of the malodor and instituting the appropriate treatment.

Appropriate for all dental professionals, this basic-level course describes the nature and prevalence of halitosis, reviews the steps for assessing a patient with halitosis, discusses the oral, nonoral, and systemic origins of halitosis, differential diagnosis, and treatment planning. The course also discusses the relationship between oral malodor and oral disease, including gingivitis and periodontitis. Case scenarios highlight the concepts presented and reinforce learning.

AGD Subject Code: 739

Course Objectives

  • Describe the nature and prevalence of halitosis.
  • Recognize the steps taken in assessing a patient with halitosis.
  • Identify the oral, nonoral, and systemic origins of halitosis.
  • Identify the dental differential diagnosis for halitosis.
  • Outline the dental treatment and management of halitosis.

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

About the Author

A. J. Barnert, RDH, has been involved in aiding the community since attending the University of Southern California while working toward her bachelor of science degree in dental hygiene. From developing dental health programs in public schools and for underserved children to working for Counseling4Kids to help children in the foster care system, Ms. Barnert has given back to the community in numerous ways. In addition to her undergraduate degree, she also received her master of arts degree in marriage, family, and child counseling from Phillips Graduate Institute in Encino, California, and is a certified children's social worker. Currently, Ms. Barnert maintains her own private practice, and works with Counseling4Kids, United Behavioral Health, and Wilshire Valley Therapy, as well as for the dentists Robert Wong and Kanako Shimizu in Woodland Hills, California. She is a member of both the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the California Family Study Center Alumni Association. As a public speaker, she has presented workshops on interventions to help the bereaved and published on the subject of divorce as an opportunity for growth.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • There are no prerequisites for this course.