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Bad Breath

How do you go about telling a patient they have bad breath. I had a patient today that as soon as I sat down (with mask on) I smelled her bad breath. She had gingivitis very moderate. I talked to her about it and asked if she ever felt she had a bad taste in her mouth or bad breath. She said No never. Does she chew gum often or depend on mints. she said no. I know I should be able to tell her straight out but I just gave her directions on how to take care of it with out telling her Hey your breath smells. Driving home I wish I would have been more forward.



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I just say “I noticed you do have some plaque build up on your teeth and tongue that is causing bad breath. Alot of people have that issue but with good home care we can fix the problem. If that doesn’t work you may have some other issues going on that you need to see a physician about” (stomach issues, reflux etc). That usually works. It lets them know they have bad breath but its ok and you can help them.

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I agree with Hoosier. I show my patients the plaque, inflammation and food debris. Then I talk about the consequences of the findings.

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You can tell if it’s “perio breath” or garlic/onion breath. Just be honest as Hoosier suggested. I would think she has more than gingivitis if you smell the breath as soon as she is in your treatment room.

You can also tell them about treatment for garlic/onion breath by using a product called Mint Asure Breath Capsules that work with the digestive track. It works! You can find it on amazon.

There is also….. Potty Mouth 100% Natural Breath Mist. See the link below.

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