Some evidence shows that certain mouthrinses can reduce halitosis Critical Summary Prepared by: Gerard Byrne BDSc MSD; Satish Kumar DDS, MDSc 

A Critical Summary of:

Mouthrinses for the treatment of halitosis

Fedorowicz Z, Aljufairi H, Nasser M, Outhouse TL, Pedrazzi V. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2008;(4):CD006701

Published Date: 8/13/2010

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  • Systematic Review Conclusion:

    Mouthrinses containing antibacterial agents (chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium chloride) or those containing chlorine dioxide and zinc can reduce halitosis to some extent.

  • Critical Summary Assessment:

    Although antibacterial mouthrinses can reduce halitosis, the extent of effectiveness is uncertain owing to incomplete reporting, possible study bias and variation in patients’ characteristics and assessment methods.

  • Evidence Quality Rating:


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