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What Bad Breath Indicates about Your Health

What Bad Breath Indicates about Your HealthDo you reach for a breath mint when you realize you have breath? That might not be the best choice. If you suffer from chronic bad breath, you may have more serious dental or overall health problems. Dr. Mirani, dentist in Beverly Hills, can help.

Chronic bad breath can be a sign of dental disease. Gum disease has a noticeable odor while tooth decay or infections also have a distinct smell. Bad breath can also indicate the presence of general health problems. People with diabetes may have a notably sweet smell to their breath. E-noses are currently being developed to diagnose other health problems by detecting compounds in bad breath.

The idea of using bad breath to diagnose diseases dates back to Hippocrates, but e-noses take diagnosis to the next technological level. E-noses may soon be able to diagnose or monitor kidney disease, high cholesterol, asthma and other conditions that can affect a person’s breath. Their portable olfactory technology can read and identify different odors using gas chromatography and mass spectroscopy.

Although much research needs to be completed to ensure accurate, standardized tests such as those needed for diagnostic purposes, E-noses may be able to provide a fast, painless alternative to blood tests for many different diseases by analyzing volatile organic compounds and other disease marking compounds.

Contact our dental office today to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Mirani, expert in periodontics in Beverly Hills, or to learn more about how you can conquer bad breath and enjoy improved dental health.

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