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The need for early detection of oral cancer is very important and can be extremely advantageous for discovering cancerous legions so that they may be treated during the early stages.  This accounts for better survival rates if treated early on.  However, there is much controversy over whether oral cancer screening is a necessary part of a dental exam if there are low-risk factors or genetic indicators.

Bad breath, or halitosis, derived from Latin halitus, meaning mouth the Greek suffix, osis, meaning diseased or a “condition of,” is a symptom in which a foul or unpleasant odour is present on one’s breath. I do not know of anyone who enjoys inflicting bad breath on others, nor do I know of anyone who enjoys feeling horrified at the prospect of suffering from embarrassing social situations involving terrible bad breath.