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Breath odor Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Breath odor. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. Who has noticed the breath odor?

    Why: may suggest Psychogenic halitosis (i.e. anxiety about breath odor often without having it) if you have noticed the breath odor and others have not.

  2. How long have you noticed the breath odor?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  3. What is your teeth and gum hygiene routine?

    Why: to establish possibility of breath odor being due to poor hygiene or anaerobic infections of the mouth.

  4. When was the last time you went to a dentist for a check-up?

    Why: to establish the possibility of mouth or dental disease as cause of breath odor.

  5. Alcohol history?

    Why: to determine possibility of alcohol as cause of breath odor.

  6. Medications?

    Why: certain medications may cause breath odor.

  7. Dietary history?

    Why: certain foods can precipitate breath odor e.g. garlic, fish, curry, onions, caffeine.

  8. Cigarette smoking?

    Why: cigarette smoking is a direct cause of breath odor and may increase the risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, larynx and trachea which also may cause breath odor.

  9. Dry mouth e.g. on waking?

    Why: may be cause of breath odor.

  10. Disturbance of consciousness?

    Why: may suggest alcoholism, diabetic ketoacidosis, renal failure and hepatic coma.

  11. Symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis?

    Why: e.g. rapid breathing, vomiting, unwell, dehydrated.

  12. Symptoms of liver failure?

    Why: e.g. jaundice, bruising, swollen abdomen, leg swelling, drowsiness, stupor or coma.

  13. Symptoms of renal failure?

    Why: e.g. poor energy, poor appetite, frequency of urination, need to urinate at night, nausea, vomiting, itching.

  14. Symptoms of lung or sinus disease?

    Why: e.g. cough, sputum production, fever, shortness of breath, post-nasal drip.

  15. Symptoms of throat condition?

    Why: e.g. sore throat, difficulty swallowing, acid reflux.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Breath odor:

The following list of conditions have 'Breath odor' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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