What Does Bad Stinky Breath Indicate About My Health

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Anindita Bhuyan
Anindita Bhuyan, a graduate of BBA in International Business and a native of Assam. I crave to experience an odyssey and share that via words, that is where I have an eternal love for writing.

Do you have smelly breath? Do you hesitate to talk or open your mouth when someone is just next to you? Do people feel awful to approach you early in the morning until you brush or floss? If yes, then this article is for you! 

Smelly breath is not just a smell that is unique to each and every one. No one is born with a different breath smell. The smell that your breath produces is nothing but the indications of certain health issues that you might be suffering from or some habits that may trigger such smell. 

The following are some health issues and habits because of which you are having such smelly breath. Go through them and know which category you fall!

Snoring 

When you snore, you may end up with a dry mouth, or whenever you take air via your mouth or simply sleep with your mouth open, your laughing gear tends to get dry.

This dryness is a better place for bacterias to stay and grow. These bacterias then cause the morning breath odour that you may usually have had.

There are higher odds of snoring when you sleep on your back, so try changing your position. Snoring can also be a sign of sleep apnea.

In case you snore regularly, approach a doctor to avoid any kind of dental issues or medical problems due to apnea.

Make sure that you always wash and clean your mouth before going to bed, because food in your teeth is a good contributor to bacterial growth, hence brush, brush, and brush your teeth!

Gum disease

Gum disease is quite chronic in nature. If you sense a metallic smell in your breath then that may be the result of gum disease. You might have a gum that has bacteria growing under them.

Dentists usually refer to this as periodontitis. Gum disease can lead to inflammation and infections. You are more likely to have gum disease if you smoke or do not brush and floss regularly.

Stay at bay from gum disease because they can get hereditary whereas you might also have to get toothless.

smelly breath causes

Acid reflux

This is a condition where the acid in your stomach flows in some other direction than what they are supposed to. They might flow back into the tube that connects your throat to your stomach (your esophagus) which can give your smelly breath.

It also upthrows bits of food or liquids to the mouth. Your throat and mouth may get damaged because of acid reflux, leading to a better place for bacterias.

Diabetes

Are you the one who prefers to stay away from sugar because of Hobson’s choice? 

Well, on the off chance that you have this condition, the fruity breath can be an indication that your body is utilizing fat for fuel rather than sugar (glucose).

This presumably implies you’re running extremely low on the hormone insulin, that your pancreas secretes, and you should call your primary care physician.

H. Pylori

H. Pylori is a kind of bacteria that is linked to stomach cancer and ulcers. This can cause an extremely smelly breath. Some other issues that you may suffer because of this include nausea, indigestion, heartburn, stomachache, etc.

If you have the slightest bit of suspicion about H. Pylori, then you need to have a quick medical checkup. With the help of antibiotics, these symptoms will go away.

Respiratory infection

You are likely to suffer this in winter or rainy days. When you cough, sneeze, or have a cold or sinus issue, the mucus stocked with bacteria passes through your nose and mouth.

This can very well alter the smell, making it smelly breath. You will have a breath without odour as soon as your respiratory infection gets well.

smelly breath causes

Medications

Certain medicines can produce smelly breath. These medicines dry out your mouth which helps the growth of bacteria.

Some other drugs, such as sleeping aid medicines, or chemotherapies to treat cancer can release chemicals that contribute to bad breath when they break down in your body. Intake of too many vitamins is also a valid trigger to smelly breath.

Tonsil stones

In the event that food gets trapped in your tonsils, little organs in the rear of your throat that help battle germs, calcium can gather around it and structure tonsil stones. They don’t generally raise any ruckus.

In any case, now and then they can disturb your throat, and bacterias may develop on them and this is what makes your breath smell bad.

You should approach a doctor if you find them often, or else keep your mouth clean. Brush them twice a day, (before sleep is mandatory), and gargle with warm alkaline water.

Dehydration

You must have observed this phenomenon. When your body faces a scarcity of water, they are not able to produce enough saliva to keep the throat and mouth wetted.

Dry mouth is home to bacterias and moreover, saliva on its own has a bacteria removing property and unfortunately the immune system is not able to produce saliva.

This is very easy to fight. Simply drink gallons of water!

Liver failure

If you have liver failure, your breath is going to produce a sweet, moldy smell. Your doctor might address this as “fetor hepaticus”. You additionally may have different side effects, including jaundice;

when your skin and the whites of your eyes have a yellow tint in light because there’s a buildup of a naturally occurring pigment called bilirubin in your system.

Kidney failure

Another reason for smelly breath is maybe because of kidney failure. Your kidney might fail to get rid of the dirt in the way they are supposed to and this is why your breath smells bad. 

Stay aware of your breath smell since they can be an indication of your body communicating about health issues, and do not worry, in many cases, you can get rid of the smelly breath on your own at home.