Expert tips on how to get the most from your Interscan Halimeter®

Use a surge protector with your Halimeter

Since approximately October, 2002, the heart of the Halimeter® has been a powerful microprocessor. While certainly powerful, microprocessors can also be sensitive to power surges—just like your computer. That’s why we are recommending the use of a surge protector with your Halimeter®. Some good brands—available internationally—include:  APC  Belkin  Tripp-Lite Generally, the most basic model should…

Is the BANA test a substitute for the Halimeter® ?

The popular BANA test uses smears of tongue coatings or subgingival plaque to detect three species of anaerobic bacteria, often associated with periodontal conditions and oral malodor: Porphyromonas gingivalis, Treponema denticola, and Bacteroides forsythus. BANA, short for N-benzoyl-DL-arginine-B-napthylamide, is a synthetic peptide that can be hydrolyzed only by these particular species. In the test, a…

Interpreting Halimeter® readings

Technical Background The vast majority of oral malodor originates with the anaerobic bacterial degradation of sulfur containing amino acids within the oral cavity, resulting in the emission of hydrogen sulfide (H2S), methyl mercaptan (CH3SH), and dimethyl sulfide (CH3SCH3), collectively referred to as volatile sulfur compounds (VSC). The Halimeter® responds to all three volatile sulfur compounds,…