Whether you call it bad breath or halitosis, there’s one thing that true: bad breath really stinks sometimes, and we mean that both literally and figuratively. It can be a real damper on social interactions and first impressions. More than that, though, bad breath may be the first sign of a more serious dental health or general health issue. Boston cosmetic dentist Dr. James M. Stein has helped many patients address bad breath issues through his effective treatment.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you do have bad breath. Someone may tell you, but lots of people are hesitant to do that since it’s rather rude. The old cup-your-hand-and-smell technique is less than accurate. Some people may turn to instant bad breath test kits. These are things that you may or may not have heard of. Let’s take a brief look at what they are and how effective and accurate these can be.
There are a few different versions of instant bad breath test kits. One version involves small strips similar to litmus paper. By applying it to your tongue, it can identify bacteria in your mouth that can lead to bad breath. Another involves dipping a cotton swab into a testing solution and noting the color of the test solution. The strips are more convenient when you’re on the go than the one with the solution, and generally they can be pretty effective.
Another options for getting a good read on bad breath is a halimeter. This is a professional instrument that will analyze the actual particle make-up of your breath. It’s so accurate that it notes the composition of your breath in the parts per billion. Two problems, though: one, it’s an expensive piece of equipment, and two, the readings are complicated and require a professional to interpret.
So clearly there are instant test kits out there that can give you some gauge on the condition of your breath. If you do have persistent bad breath and would like to learn about how it can be treated, or if you would like to learn about another dental care treatment such as Boston teeth whitening, we encourage you to contact our Boston cosmetic dentistry office today.