Diagnosis and Treatment
At the Fresh Breath Centre we measure breath odour using an instrument called an OralChroma. The test involves blowing into a straw-like tube connected to the OralChroma and the machine detects the level of bad breath volatile sulphur compounds in the breath. The more volatile sulphur compounds present the worse the bad breath. Treatment for bad breath often requires several different approaches and can include:
Proper dental hygiene to:
- Remove much of the bacteria in the mouth so they cannot produce volatile sulphur compounds
- Remove the layer of plaque, food debris and dead cells that protect bacteria from oxygen
- Remove the leftover microscopic food particles which bacteria use to create odorous sulphur particles.
- Tongue cleaning – Many odour causing bacteria reside on the tongue: the use of a tongue scraper to gently cleanse the tongue can greatly improve the breath.
- Saliva assessment – To assess the quality and quantity of saliva as dry mouth creates the perfect environment for odour causing bacteria.
- Periodontal (gum) assessment – A routine gum examination will detect enlarged periodontal pockets which harbour bacteria and food debris.
- Dental assessment – A routine dental examination will detect any dental issues like tooth decay or failing dentistry that can trap bacteria and food debris.
- Airway assessment – Often a referral to an ear, nose and throat specialist will be required to assess mouth breathing which causes dry mouth. Persistent postnasal drip also requires careful assessment.
At The Fresh Breath Centre we will guide you through a treatment programme specifically tailored for your particular problem. Bad breath can be eliminated. No longer do you or your loved ones have to fear embarrassment from foul mouth odour. Get your self-confidence and your life back.