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malodor

[mal′ōd·ər]
(physiology)
A bad or foul odor.
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Halitosis is a broad term describing a range of unpleasant or offensive odours emitted in the breath, due to multiple causes.2 Volatile sulphur compounds may be the main source of oral malodor. The source may be oral or non-oral.
Key words: Halitosis, Periodontitis, Organoleptic score, Volatile sulphur compounds, Malodor
It has different names; oral malodor, foetor ex ore, or halitosis.
Naturally, the first and most important step in any odor-control strategy is to try to eliminate the source of malodors rather than merely trying to combat the odors themselves.
On the other hand, odor counteractants are chemical compounds that are paired up with malodorous materials in such a way as to prevent the human olfactory sense from perceiving the malodors. When counteractants are in use, instead of only smelling the unpleasant odor, people are exposed to two different compounds: the malodor and the chemical matched with it that changes how their noses sense it.
In fact, generally speaking, the odor counteractants are best suited for controlling any malodors in the air.