There are many reasons for people to schedule a visit to the dental health professional, but one that some individuals may not know about is bad breath. Many individuals may mistakenly believe that bad breath is nothing more than something that can ruin a date or job interview. However, oral odor could be a sign of other health problems. This is why microbiologists from the University of West England, Bristol are teaching a course for dentists and doctors to help them distinguish normal oral odor from bad breath that may be caused by a more serious condition.
According to the American Dental Association, bad breath, while often caused by food, tobacco, or oral health issues, can also be brought on by diseases elsewhere in the body. These include diabetes, some liver and kidney diseases, and sinus or lung infections. This is why UWE is offering a bad breath class.
"We can help [students] use their brain to separate and understand the smells they are experiencing. This course puts together the knowledge with the ability to use instruments – dental professionals shouldn’t rely on one method alone although the nose is the gold standard," said researcher Saliha Saad, M.D., quoted by Health Canal.
The scientists will also teach participants how to use tools such as a halimeter, which measures oral odor.
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