Patient Success Stories

Here are actual patient results from the Total Cure bad breath treatment. These before and after photos (click to enlarge the images) show actual patients who have had the Total Cure treatment which includes Tongue Rejuvenation. The photos show the tongue biofilm present before treatment and the visible results after the tongue rejuvenation process of the Total Cure. In addition, before and after photos of the Gauze Test used during the comprehensive halitosis examination (breath severity tests) and after treatment are shown.

Before & After Photos

before and after photo of patient, bad breath total cure with tongue rejuvenation

patient's gauze photo before and after bad breath total cure
See biofilm buildup on tongue before and healthy tongue after bad breath total cure.
See the biofilm wiped off of tongue before and results after total cure bad breath treatment

Want to learn more about tongue rejuvenation? Read our blog post, Tongue Rejuvenation — Total Elimination of Bad Breath

Before and after tongue photo showing biofilm buildup and bad breath total cure results
gauze photos of bad breath total cure treatment patient

Patient Success Stories

The following Before & After photos are accompanied by a case study of each patient’s journey to the bad breath Total Cure. Click on the links below to learn each patient’s experience before, during and after treatment.

Total Cure Patient Story: Chelsea

See patient Chelsea's photos before and after bad breath total cure treatment
Patient Chelsea's before and after gauze photos

For Chelsea, bad breath was affecting her both on the job and in her personal relationships.

Read Chelsea's Story

Dr. Miller met 50-year-old Chelsea in November 2012 due to her bad breath problem. At the first visit, she related  how her co-workers and her husband had made gestures as if she had bad breath. While no one told her directly, they would move away when she was near, cover their mouths and noses, offer her gums and mints, and generally try to avoid her.

But her main embarrassment and what really drove her to see me was that her patients moved back or made similar gestures. She is a respiratory therapist that could not get up close to her patients without some strong cover-up.

Chelsea came in with an optimistic view of the world. She is a kind, gentle person who loves life and considered her bad breath something that could be solved. She had searched the Internet and found Dr. Miller as the author of the original book, Beating Bad Breath.

The Treatment

These photos show a stark contrast of the gauze coating at the first visit and the last, and a near total removal of the tongue biofilm. These changes took her Halimeter reading from 285 to 65, well below discernible mouth odor. One year later, she is still halitosis-free, uses a minimum of products, and says she no longer worries about her breath.

As you can see by the Before Tongue Photo, she started out with a severely coated tongue. You can also see what the gauze looked like at the diagnosis – a brownish coating. The odor on the gauze was strong and pungent, and her Halimeter reading was 285, into the extreme range of halitosis. In addition, she had moderate periodontal disease.

During that time we treated her with Tongue Rejuvenation and Gum Disease Therapy. As treatment progressed we created a personal protocol to use at home and during the day to prevent the halitosis from coming back.

After treatment, her Halimeter reading was 65 and you can see by the Gauze (After Treatment) there is NO coating or biofilm. We had also eliminated her gum problem, two of the Big 4 – tongue biofilm, bleeding and/or diseased gums – causes for halitosis and began closing her spaces.

After eliminating her halitosis, she has become a dental patient in our office for her restorative needs.

Chelsea’s Comments

“Prior to seeing Dr. Richard Miller; I had consulted with 2 dentists and 2 doctors about my halitosis. They were unable to determine the cause, and could not understand the stress this issue caused in my personal and professional lives.  Dr.  Miller validated my concerns, evaluated and diagnosed the cause, proceeded with treatment, and eliminated the halitosis. An unexpected added benefit of the treatment was my renewed ability to fully taste(and thus enjoy) foods. Two of my greatest pleasures(interacting with others and eating) have been restored and I’m so happy and thankful for Dr. Miller’s compassion and exceptional skill.”

Total Cure Patient Story: Laverne

patient Laverne's before and after tongue photos
Patient Laverne's gauze photos before and after

For Laverne, bad breath really started after taking prescription medications which caused dry mouth and a bad taste. Bad breath was affecting her work and home relationships.

Read Laverne's Story

When Laverne first visited the National Breath Center she related her history of an accident that resulted in needing migraine medications. These medications caused dry mouth. She had a tonsillectomy in 2007 because she thought her bad breath was coming from her tonsils. She relates a metallic taste in her mouth and has noticed for some time that her husband and daughter and most of her coworkers as well as her supervisor, are covering their face or stepping back when she talks. She had seen one dentist and one periodontist prior to finding Dr. Miller. Both had recommended periodontal surgery for her bad breath. It is easy to see that this would have not have solved her problem

The Diagnosis

The examination showed a whitish, yellowish coating extending over 75-80% of her tongue. Organoleptic testing showed a very strong and pungent odor. Using the Halimeter gave us readings of 167.

  • January 2013 — Halimeter Reading 167.
  • You can see by the before and after photos that her problem was mostly not all periodontal. During the Total Cure, we did treat her gum disease but in a conservative, less invasive way. The moderate areas were treated with conservative scaling and root planing, with special detail to the tiny accumulations of tartar under the gums, and the worst areas were also treated with a special wavelength laser that only removes inflamed gum tissue. Thus, unlike surgery, she was able to keep her gum sand received healthy reattachments, the best barrier to prevent gum disease from coming back.
  • June 2013 — Halimeter Reading 67.

You can see by the tongue photos that there is a marked difference between the first visit and the last visit, with a two month break for health issues.
In addition, please examine the gauze photos. The distinctive color (and odor) at the first visit is gone, with the gauze totally white at the last visit.

Laverne’s Comments

“It was a long drive to get here for appointments, but it was worth every minute. I am now able to look people in the eye and be close without worry of any put-offs. Even my family no longer moves away. But the biggest change for me is work. While no one would tell me, I had not had a promotion in years even though I was the most qualified nurse in my section. I just wanted to let you know that last week I got a promotion and pay increase. Thank you for getting me back to a normal existence.”

Total Cure Patient Story: Doris

Patient Doris' before and after tongue photos

For Doris, bad breath was a severe social stigma.

Read Doris' Story

During the initial interview, this young woman said that her brother had told her on multiple occasions that she had bad breath. She also observed that people laugh after she talks, and strangers offer her mints. In addition, she said “people are holding their noses and a co-worker gave me a box of mints for Christmas.”
She also related that she spits mucous up all the time. She uses a sinus irrigator, removing the mucous and relieving her problem for 4-5 hours. In addition, she went to an ENT 5 years prior and he had told her she had no sinus problems.

The Treatment

Her Halimeter reading was 286, far into the severe range and she had moderate gum disease with bleeding and gum and bone destruction form the inflammation.
You can see from the photos what her tongue looked like before and after treatment.
At her first maintenance visit six months after her cure, she reported that her brother is unable to notice any problems and the co-worker who gave her mints as a Christmas present, has congratulated her on unnoticeable breath.

Doris’ Comments

I know that I was a challenging case for you, but your patience and persistence made me feel that you cared about me at all times. And now that I have been cured of my “curse”, I recommend you as the best dentist I have ever seen, eventhough I do not tell them what brought me to see you.
So, once again, my greatest thanks. You changed my life.

Total Cure Patient Story: Kevin

Patient Kevin's tongue photos before and after total cure treatment
Patient Kevin's gauze photos before and after treatment

For Kevin, bad breath was interfering with his personal relationship.

Read Kevin's Story

Kevin came to see Dr. Miller because he could “feel” the tongue coating and because his girlfriend had told him he had bad breath. You can see by the gauze that he had a severe coating on his tongue. At that visit, the odor was strong and pungent and could be smelled half across the room before he sat down.

The Treatment

  • Initial Halimeter reading: 180
  • Halimeter reading at final visit, January 25, 2013: 56
  • Halimeter reading May 19, 2013: 58

What this reading alone tells you is that not only was Kevin cured, but the cure was maintained 5 months later with virtually the same reading. Also note the transformation of the gauze. At first, he had a brownish coating on the gauze, but by the end of treatment there was no existing coating.

Kevin’s Comments

Just wanted to let you know how grateful I am for your total cure treatment. Before I came to see you I realized that I was being held back in my entire life by the fear of others noticing my halitosis. Of course, as I told you, I could even smell it.
But now, having been 9 months since the conclusion of my treatment, I could not be happier. Everything has taken a turn for the best – my social life, my job, and even my friends and family. Thank you Dr. Miller.

*Individual results may vary and some patients may require periodic follow-up treatment.