What Breath Smell Says About Your Health

Bad Breath And What Causes It

How our bodies look, move, and smell provide clues about our health. Bad breath can reflect negative effects our day to day activities have on our overall health. Here are some below:

Snoring

Your mouth dries from the continuous expulsion of air while snoring. This makes it easier for bacteria to grow, consequently leading to bad morning breath. To avoid this, try sleeping on your side instead of on your back. Sleeping on your back allows your tongue and throat muscles to ease backwards, creating a vibrating sound as you struggle to breathe.

Gum Disease

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Does your breath smell like pennies or some kind of metal? If so, have a dentist take a look at your gums. The smell may be caused by bacteria in your mouth, and could be a symptom of gum disease (periodontitis). Avoid smoking, and remember to brush and floss regularly. Ask your parents if there’s a history of gum disease in your family; it can be genetic.

Acid Reflux

Characterized by a burning pain felt in the lower chest area, acid reflux occurs when stomach acid flows back up the food pipe. It gives your breath a sour smell, and brings liquid and food bits into your mouth. It may also cause ulcers in your esophagus; this damage also invites bacteria.

Diabetes

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Having a sweet, fruity odour on your breath is a symptom of this disease, caused when your body uses fat instead of sugar for fuel. If you notice this aroma, consult your doctor. Check your blood sugar levels and chew on sugar-free mints to stimulate saliva. Dry mouths are an attractive living place for bacteria.

H. Pylori

This kind of bacteria infects the stomach, and is related to stomach ulcers and ulcer disease (which also causes bad breath). Get checked by a doctor; antibiotics can combat this bacteria.

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