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Malnutrition and unintentional weight loss in the older population and amongst other at risk groups can contribute to a progressive decline in health, reduced physical and cognitive functional status, increased utilisation of healthcare services, premature institutionalisation and increased mortality.
Halitosis is defined as offensive breath odour, with the potential to cause personal discomfort and social embarrassment. It is a common condition, largely due to intra-oral sources but it can indicate an underlying disease. This article is part one of a two-part series and looks at the causes of halitosis.