Bad Breath May Equal Bad Health

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Southern California dentist is using advanced technology to identify levels of odor causing bacteria in the mouth.

Mouthwash, breath mints and gum are the common agents we think of when we want to fight bad breath. We tend not to think of technology. But one Southern California dentist is using advanced technology to identify levels of odor causing bacteria in the mouth, which helps determine the cause and subsequent treatment of bad breath.

In his private practice, Dr. Parviz Azar-Mehr, Clinical Professor at USC School of Dentistry, who uses the HalimeterR to scientifically detect the levels of volatile sulfur compounds (VSC) caused by bacterial growth. Measuring VSC accurately and properly is vital for proper diagnosis and treatment of bad breath.

Persistent bad breath, or halitosis, not associated with smoking or eating of certain foods, is almost always a symptom of dental problems, most commonly gum disease. In rare cases, halitosis can be a symptom of more serious general health problems like a local infection in the respiratory tract, chronic bronchitis, possibly diabetes, and even liver or kidney problems according to the American Dental Association.

Mouthwash won't cure gum disease or liver problems. So if you can't tell what's causing the odor by the smell, getting an accurate VSC reading from the HalimeterR may be the better way to fight halitosis.

Parviz Azar-Mehr MDM, is a Prosthodontist and Professor of Clinical Dentistry at the University of Southern California. Dr. Azar-Mehr is a dental specialist with post doctoral training from London University, New York University and the University of Michigan. Dr. Azar-Mehr has taught dentistry for over 25 years.

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