There are a number of reasons why you may have bad breath. It could be from dry mouth, a cold, medication, gum disease, or an infection. Many people assume that their bad breath is because they do not brush their teeth enough. That is only one of the possible reasons. Disease like diabetes or kidney failure could be the culprit of your bad breath.
Diabetes and Bad Breath – Fruity Smell
This does not necessarily create a smelly, bad breath, but rather a fruity smell. If you have uncontrolled diabetes, you could be using fat as body fuel instead of sugar, which is also called glucose. It is important to call your doctor if you think you have diabetes because having a low amount of the hormone insulin can lead to long term health problems like stroke, heart disease, dental disease, eye problems, nerve damage, foot problems, and kidney disease.
Liver Failure – Sweet and Moldy Smell
A hallmark symptom of a liver problem is jaundice, or yellowing of the skin and the sclera, or white part of the eye. You may have seen this in newborns who are still developing their liver functions. However, if you are experiencing liver failure as an adult, you may have a sweet, moldy smelling bad breath. The bad breath and the jaundice are caused by a build-up of bilirubin, a byproduct of red blood cells, in the body. Call your doctor right away to learn more.
Kidney Failure – Fishy Smell
This happens when the body does not filter and excrete the blood as it should, leaving an excess of waste products in the body. If you are in the last stage of kidney failure, also called end-stage renal disease (ESRD), you may experience a fishy smell in your breath.
Acid Reflux – Sour Smell
If you feel a burning in the middle of your chest or throat after you eat, you may be experiencing acid reflux. When the food reaches your stomach it mixes with acids. Then, during acid reflux, the food and the acid goes back up your esophagus, the tube attached to your stomach, and into your throat. Not only does this bring up food and acid, but it also brings up normal bacteria in your gut that can cause smelly, bad breath. Further, any acid in your throat or mouth attracts bacteria, perpetuating the cycle of bad breath. If you have acid reflux, drink water after to rinse the acid and food particles off of your mouth and throat. If possible, brush and floss your teeth.
Although some of these diseases may not be applicable to every Singla Dental patient, it is still important to know what your bad breath may be telling you about your overall health. For more information or to talk about your individual symptoms or bad breath, call Singla Dental in Duncanville, Texas for more information.