Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2015  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 670--675

Bad-breath: Perceptions and misconceptions of Nigerian adults


SO Nwhator1, GI Isiekwe2, MO Soroye3, MO Agbaje4 
1 Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun, Nigeria
2 Department of Child Dental Health, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
3 Department of Preventive and Social Dentistry, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
4 Department of Child Dental Health, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
S O Nwhator
Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State
Nigeria

Objective: To provide baseline data about bad-breath perception and misconceptions among Nigerian adults. Methods: Multi-center cross-sectional study of individuals aged 18-64 years using examiner-administered questionnaires. Age comparisons were based on the model of emerging adults versus full adults. Data were recoded for statistical analyses and univariate and secondary log-linear statistics applied. Results: Participants had lopsided perceptions about bad-breath. While 730 (90.8%) identified the dentist as the expert on halitosis and 719 (89.4%) knew that bad-breath is not contagious, only 4.4% and 2.5% associated bad-breath with tooth decay and gum disease respectively. There were no significant sex differences but the older adults showed better knowledge in a few instances. Most respondents (747, 92.9%) would tell a spouse about their bad-breath and 683 (85%) would tell a friend. Conclusions: Participants had lop-sided knowledge and perceptions about bad-breath. Most Nigerian adults are their «DQ»brothers«SQ» keepers«DQ» who would tell a spouse or friend about their halitosis so they could seek treatment.


How to cite this article:
Nwhator S O, Isiekwe G I, Soroye M O, Agbaje M O. Bad-breath: Perceptions and misconceptions of Nigerian adults.Niger J Clin Pract 2015;18:670-675


How to cite this URL:
Nwhator S O, Isiekwe G I, Soroye M O, Agbaje M O. Bad-breath: Perceptions and misconceptions of Nigerian adults. Niger J Clin Pract [serial online] 2015 [cited 2020 Aug 14 ];18:670-675
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