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Bad Breath as an Indicator of Other Diseases

Bad Breath as an Indicator of Other DiseasesBad breath can be embarrassing and interfere with your social interactions. Most cases of bad breath are associated with diet, lifestyle habits or poor dental hygiene. In some cases, that bad breath might be a sign of more serious health problems.

Hippocrates once diagnosed his patients with liver problems based solely on their breath, and the breath of someone with uncontrolled or poorly controlled diabetes can be quite distinctive. Your doctor may not smell your breath to diagnose your health problems anymore, but new e-noses that can accurately, affordably and effectively diagnose a host of health problems are currently in the design and testing stages.

Portable e-noses identify airborne compounds in the breath using gas chromatography and mass spectroscopy. They can recognize and even quantify disease-associated substances in breath in a fraction of the time required by other diagnostic tests. Researchers are currently working on e-noses that can identify asthma problems, out-of-control diabetes, lung cancer and other potentially serious health problems.

While your doctor may not be able to diagnose you by smelling your breath, our northridge dentist can provide you with valuable information about your dental health based on your breath. Periodontal disease has a noticeable odor, and plaque buildup can be equally bad. Keep your breath smelling fresh and sweet by brushing twice daily, flossing daily and visiting our dentist at least every six months. If you continue to struggle with bad breath, give us a call to schedule an evaluation so that we can identify and treat the problem. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment.

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