An analytical device that measures the concentration of sulfides in a patient`s mouth is providing a key to the growth of a new dental-treatment area-that of curing bad breath. The "Halimeter," created by Interscan Corporation, is an electronic device that provides an indication of the extent of the halitosis problem. Research has indicated that hydrogen sulfide, methyl mercaptan, other thiols and dimethyl sulfide, generally referred to as volatile sulfur compounds (VSC), are the principal causes of halitosis. The compact unit measures the VSC, which helps direct the dentist to the optimum treatment of the problem.
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