Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:
Appreciate the importance of developing communication skills for discussing bad breath concerns with patients.
Identify the primary source of oral malodor.
List the sulfur compounds most commonly associated with bad breath.
Identify systemic disorders and medications known to contribute to oral malodor.
Explain the four progressive levels in the P-LI-SS-IT communication model: Permission, Limited Information, Specific Suggestions, and Intensive Therapy.
Describe interview strategies used by clinicians to facilitate patient counseling.
Observe the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Code of Professional Conduct for the Dental Profession recommending bad breath treatments.