What Bad Breath Says About Your Oral Health?

August 1, 2018

What Causes Bad Breath? There are many causes of bad breath, but if you snore, you may have bad breath coming from your throat. This is because snoring can dry out your mouth and throat. Not enough saliva is produced when you snore, which allows bacteria to grow, which can give you bad breath. Back sleepers are more likely to snore.

gum disease
Gum disease is one of the most common causes of chronic halitosis. It usually results in bad breath that has a metallic taste. Gum disease is caused by bacteria growing under the gum line. This leads to infection and inflammation, or periodontitis. People who smoke or don’t floss and brush their teeth regularly are more likely to get gum disease. It can also be hereditary and runs in families.

acid reflux
Acid reflux is a condition in which stomach acid flows backwards from the stomach into the esophagus. It may give you bad breath that has an acidic taste. You may regurgitate liquids or food into your mouth. Stomach acid may damage your mouth and throat, causing more odor.

Diabetes can cause bad breath when the body creates ketones for fuel, instead of glucose (sugar). If you have diabetes and bad breath, ask your doctor for help, because you may be low in insulin.

H. Helicobacter pylori
H. pylori is a bacterium that increases the risk of ulcers and stomach cancer. It can also cause bad breath, heartburn, nausea, gastrointestinal pain and indigestion. One way to get rid of bad breath is to treat this infection, if you have it. Your doctor can test you for Helicobacter pylori and give you antibiotics if you need them.

respiratory tract infection
Bronchitis, sinus infections, colds and coughs are a few types of respiratory infections that may cause bad breath. This happens because these conditions cause the nose and mouth to fill with bacterial mucus and have a bad odor. Bad breath will resolve when the condition improves.

Medications that cause dry mouth can cause a decrease in saliva, allowing foul-smelling bacteria to grow. Heart medications that contain nitrates may cause bad breath. Certain sleep medications and chemotherapy may also contribute to bad breath. Excessive consumption of vitamins may also lead to bad breath.

tonsil stone
Tonsils are part of the lymphatic system and are located in the back of the throat. If your tonsils have depressions and cryptic fossa, you may be more likely to develop tonsil stones when pieces of food get caught in the crevices and calcium collects around them. Bacteria grow on tonsil stones and cause bad breath. Some people are able to expel tonsil stones by using a toothbrush or cotton swab. Brush and floss your teeth and brush your tongue daily to stop the formation of tonsil stones. And rinse your mouth with salt water after eating. If you experience frequent tonsil stones, consult your doctor. Some people may be advised to have their tonsils removed.

Wondering how to deal with bad breath? Drink more water. Dehydration causes a decrease in saliva production, which allows bacteria to grow. Dry mouth may also occur due to certain conditions, including Sj?gren’s syndrome and scleroderma. These conditions affect the salivary glands and can lead to dry mouth and bad breath.

Oral injuries can lead to bad breath if infected by bacteria. Injuries may be caused by an accident or oral surgery that damages the gums or the inside of your mouth. If you have a tooth extracted, the remaining pockets may become infected. Always follow the instructions of your dentist or oral surgeon after a dental procedure. If any problems arise, report them immediately to your dental health professional. If you do develop an infection, your doctor can give you antibiotics to treat the infection. Rinsing your mouth with salt water may help keep your mouth clean and stop bacteria from growing.

Liver failure
Liver failure produces a particular type of bad breath called “hepatic stagnation”. It may smell musty and sweet. This odor is caused by severe liver disease. Other symptoms, such as jaundiced eyes, may occur. Jaundice occurs when bilirubin builds up in the bloodstream.

renal failure
Renal failure may be associated with “fishy” smelling breath, due to the reduced ability of the kidneys to filter toxins. Bad breath most often occurs in the advanced stages of kidney failure or end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Treatment for kidney failure is dialysis to filter blood or a kidney transplant.