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5 Ways To Find Out If You Have chronic Bad Breath
« on: May 14, 2012, 12:21:07 AM »

There are a few tricks you can use to check your own breath and evaluate whether or not you may have a mouth odor problem (also known as “halitosis”)…
Question #1: Has someone you know checked your breath and confirmed you have a problem?
If not, ask someone that you feel comfortable with. In this case, it’s important to ask someone you trust. You want someone you can rely on to give you honest feedback without worrying that it will hurt your feelings.
Just stand a few feet back from your friend or relative and speak at normal volume for a few minutes. Ask your “test subject” to let you know if they smell an offensive odor as you talk.
If you are feeling a little too embarrassed to ask someone to check your breath for you, you may want to consider a different option…
Question #2: Have you done the "Lick test"?
Ok, before you start thinking I’m crazy here, just give me a moment to explain…
If you lick the back of your arm or wrist and then let the saliva dry (it only takes a few seconds), you can then smell the spot and get a sense of what your breath smells like.
The down side of this approach is that there is a lot more bacteria in your mouth than in a small sample of your saliva, which means that your breath could smell a heck of a lot worse than the spot on your wrist or arm.
Also, your bad breath can be worse at certain times of the day, and depending on when you lick your wrist or arm, you might not get a clear sense of just how bad the problem is.
For this reason, you may want to consider the third and most reliable method…
Question #3: Have you noticed others notice your breath?
Have you ever wondered why someone you were talking to suddenly drew back as if your words literally shot out at them? Do you sometimes see people dodge their head or squint their eyes as you speak to them? If so, this could be their way of telling you about your breath.
If this has happened frequently, it's almost a sure sign.
Question #4: Do you smell your own breath when chewing gum?
Contrary to what I mentioned before, there are times your breath can get to the point of smelling bad even to yourself. Many people with chronic bad breath claim their gum smells a little different. Rather than a fresh mint smell alone, it's mixed with a little "wang"  smell that is not the usual gum scent. 
Method #5: Have you asked a professional?
Your best bet is to make a Free Consultation with an experienced dentist who can test your mouth for certain kinds of foul smell-producing bacteria. That's where I come in. I’ll explain more about “bad” mouth bacteria and our Free Consultation in a moment.
But once it’s apparent that this bacteria is the cause of your halitosis, I can show you exactly how to eliminate embarrassing bad breath for good!


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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2012, 12:38:52 AM »
Detection
While most of the population has transient halitosis, chronic malodor is less common. Regardless of the type of halitosis, proper diagnosis is important. The difficulty in determining whether an individual has halitosis and its possible cause(s) arises because there are no convenient methods to measure this condition. Some self-monitoring tests and in-office tests are available to aid in the diagnosis, although they are either awkward or still need research to ensure their viability.
Self-monitoring tests generally involve obtaining feedback from a spouse or friend (an odor judge). Individuals may have difficulty detecting halitosis themselves because the brain has the ability to suppress odors stemming from ourselves. While procuring an odor judge may be embarrassing, it is the best method for at-home breath testing. If the odor judge does not wish to smell the patient's breath directly, the patient can scrape the posterior region of the tongue with a spoon or place saliva on the wrist by licking it. The spoon or wrist can then be smelled and assessed by the odor judge. The spoon test is better in case the saliva is not a good carrier of the potential odorant. There is also a home microbial test which is comprised of cotton-tipped applicators and test tubes containing a specific medium. After the applicators are placed on the tongue, they are inserted in the test tubes. If the color in the test tube changes within a certain time period, this is an indication that you have chronic bad breath.
In-office testing can include odor judge testing, microbial and fungal testing, the salivary incubation test, volatile sulfur detection testing, and, in the future, artificial noses. Among other problems, the current tests lack specificity, i.e. it is difficult to determine either the existence or the cause of chronic halitosis. The most recent machine on the market for detecting halitosis, a portable sulfide monitor, also has its proponents and critics. The machine is designed to measure sulfur content in the breath, but it can be inaccurate. At this point, the machine is better for monitoring a patient's progress than in obtaining an initial diagnosis. Most dental offices do not have the capability yet to perform these tests.

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