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Journal of Oral Hygiene & Health
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Research Article

Consciousness and Knowledge of Nursing Home Workers About Oral Malodor

Ishii A1, Yoneda M2*, Suzuki N3, Haraga M4, Yamada K2, Morita H2, Hirahashi K4, Koga C4, Inoue Y1 and Hirofuji T2

1Department of Dental Hygiene, Fukuoka College of Health Science, Japan

2Section of General Dentistry, Department of General Dentistry, Fukuoka Dental College, Japan

3Section of Oral Public Health, Department of Preventive and Public Health, Fukuoka Dental College, Japan

4Center for Oral Diseases, Fukuoka Dental College, Japan

*Corresponding Author:
Masahiro Yoneda
Section of General Dentistry
Department of General Dentistry
Fukuoka Dental College, 2-15-1
Tamura, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka 814-0193, Japan
Tel.: +81-92-801-0411 (ext) 125
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E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: October 03, 2016; Accepted Date: October 20, 2016; Published Date: October 28, 2016

Citation: Ishii A, Yoneda M, Suzuki N, Haraga M, Yamada K, et al. (2016) Consciousness and Knowledge of Nursing Home Workers About Oral Malodor . J Oral Hyg Health 4: 207. doi:10.4172/2332-0702.1000207

Copyright: © 2016 Ishii A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


An increasing number of elderly people in Japan are living in nursing homes. Some of them have strong breath odor, which makes it difficult for the facility workers to perform oral care service.
A questionnaire survey was conducted to examine how often the facility workers experience the residents’ oral malodor. The knowledge and consciousness of workers about oral malodor were also examined. Some workers actually experienced oral malodor of the facility residents and hoped that their breath odor could be reduced. The workers understood the causes of oral malodor, but the importance of saliva flow was not well recognized. On the other hand, more than 80% of workers expressed concern about their own breath odor while providing oral care. Nearly 80% of them want to get more information on oral malodor.
The results of this questionnaire survey showed that oral malodor is an important matter at care facilities for the elderly, and instruction on oral malodor is necessary for facility workers.