What is a Halimeter?

A Halimeter is a clinical instrument used by dentists to diagnose and treat chronic halitosis (bad breath). The Halimeter can detect the different types and levels of compounds (odorous gases) that cause most bad breath. This allows your dentist find out where your bad breath comes from (for example, your tongue, the back of your throat, or elsewhere), decide what the best treatment is, and monitor the treatment to see if it's working.

The Halimeter measures levels of volatile sulfur compounds, the agents primarily responsible for halitosis, and periodontal disease.

Continue Learning about Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Breath Stress . . . Be Gone!
Breath Stress . . . Be Gone!
Get an upset stomach and here's what else you can get: bad breath. How can you keep that total turnoff from happening? Yogurt. Not only is it easy on ...
Read More
Why can't we smell our own bad breath?
Unless you have eaten a certain food that has a very strong odor, it’s not likely you can smell you ...
More Answers
Can I use over-the-counter products to get rid of bad breath?
American Dental AssociationAmerican Dental Association
Over-the-counter products such as mouthwashes are generally cosmetic and do not have a long-lasting ...
More Answers
Another Reason Why You Shouldn't Go Hungry
Another Reason Why You Shouldn't Go Hungry

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.