Dental CO

  •   Results instantly displayed
  •   Single press button to toggle between ppm and %COHb
  •   Breath hold countdown timer to guide patients
  •   Coloured light indicators to signify smoking level
  •   Supplied with Safebreath mouthpieces to ensure a complete hygiene concept
Dental CO Smoking Cessation

Dental CO Smoking Cessation

Dental professionals have a unique opportunity to address smoking with patients in a manner that will make a difference. Brief advice from a dentist or member of the dental team has been shown to increase a patient’s motivation to quit and can double a patient’s success with quitting.

Addressing tobacco use with patients should be a priority for all members of the dental team and will result in improved oral health and outcomes for patients. It is important for dental professionals to be aware of simple techniques for motivating patients who smoke to quit, informing them of the availability of evidence-based treatments such as quit smoking medications and counselling support.

The Dental CO is a fully featured breath Carbon Monoxide monitor for the rapid assessment of smoking status. After a single breath the Dental CO will instantly give results in PPM and %COHb.

Smoking affects the entire body and its function. More specifically, the direct contact of harmful toxins with the mouth inevitably causes serious oral health consequences. Smokers are at higher risk of developing tooth decay, tooth staining, gum disease, and in more severe cases oral cancers.

The Dental CO can serve as a valuable motivational tool for smokers to quit and allows patients to understand the harm smoking is causing to their oral health.

Effects of smoking on oral health

  • Increased risk of oral cancer
  • Higher risk of periodontal disease
  • Teeth discoloration
  • Reduced blood supply to mouth
  • Increased build-up of dental plaque
  • Delayed healing following tooth extraction, periodontal treatment or oral survey
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Alterations to taste and smell


Dental CO - Breath Test Experts


    • Results instantly displayed
    • Single press button to toggle between ppm and %COHb
    • Breath hold countdown timer to guide patients
    • Coloured light indicators to signify smoking level
    • Supplied with Safebreath mouthpieces to ensure a complete hygiene concept


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    Product FeaturesCO Check +CO Check Baby +CO Check PROCO Check PRO BabyCO Screen
    Catalogue numberCO10CO15CO20CO30CO50
    Breath hold countdown
    (user configurable)
    Instantly displays results
    Displays CO in parts per million
    Displays %COHb
    Foetal Carboxyhaemoglobin
    % FCOHb
    Traffic light indicators of CO levels
    (user configurable)
    Suitable for use with SafeBreath ® mouthpieces
    Suitable for general smoking cessation
    Suitable for smoking cessation in pregnancy
    Suitable for screening for CO poisoning useful in occupational settings and A & E departments.
    Supplied with hard shell carry case
    Supplied with soft fabric pouch carry bag
    Measures Environmental CO levels

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