What different types of Bad Breath could mean about your health
Bad breath can be one of the most embarrassing conditions. What’s most appalling about bad breath is the despite of you brushing and flossing regularly, your breath smells with an odor that would make any date run away. Not always does bad oral hygiene the reason for your breath smell like stinky poo. There could be a variety of underlying causes and you’ll be amazed to know that every odor of your bad breath may have an explanation.
According to Doctor Harold Katz DDS a bacteriologist and dentist, bad breath may be the cause of bacteria thriving in your mouth all because it’s too dry. Now that’s another reason to keep drinking water. This is also the reason why some people have really bad breath in the morning because when sleeping there is no saliva production. Doctor Katz says that medication also contributes to 75% of cases of bad breath. However bad breath could also be assign that something is wrong within your body and it is such varied scents that could pinpoint what exactly could be the problem. Here are five different types of bad breath which speak a lot about your health.
1 Your breath smell like moth balls
Phew!! That’s really horrible. This means you may be suffering from an allergy, a post nasal drip or you could be having sinus problems. Chronic sinus infections could increase bacteria in your mouth converting proteins present in mucus into a substance called skatole. It would be best to visit a doctor who may diagnose you with allergies of some sort in which case you may be prescribed with allergic medication or antibiotics.
2 When your breath smells fruity
Although the smell may not be so bad, it could well mean you have diabetes and that’s really bad. The reason why diabetic patients have fruity smelling breath is because of the increase in blood sugar and the production of ketones released during the fat burning process for energy. According to Dr Shilpi Agarwal an integrative medicine physician in Washington D.C. a patient with fruity smelling breath would be advised a blood sugar test immediately.
3 When your breath smells like sour milk
Now that’s another distasteful odor and all because it means you could be lactose intolerant. This means your body isn’t breaking down dairy proteins effectively and you may also suffer from associated conditions such as diarrhea, cramps, and indigestion or gas when consuming milk and milk products. If you have this perennial feeling of bloating after drinking milk, you are most certainly lactose intolerant. Lactose intolerant people should best avoid milk products especially at night.
4 When your breath smells like a dirty soiled diaper
EWW, that’s something to be concerned about. As different types of bad breath mean different things, this could indicate you have tonsil stones. Agarwal says that stones forming in the crevices of the tonsils can make your breath smell like a rotten diaper. This also means you’ll need medical intervention to have the stones removed with forceps by a doctor. If your tonsils are infected, you may need to have them surgically removed.
5 When your breath smells really rotten
Well!! Double EWW! Who wants a foul smelling odor being emitted by ones breath? You would really need to work on that if you do. Katz says that this is worse than just normal bad breath as it means there is certainly some infection within your body. It could be anything ranging from lung problems, pneumonia or even cancer. An amazing thing to know about medical technology is that a new test has been devised to test amend identify different types of bad breath that could be an indication of cancer. If you do have breath similar to this and also have a ling condition, see your doctor. You may need pot go for a chest X-ray to rule out severe infection.
For usual bad breath, it isn’t hard to remove the problem. Always remain hydrated and drink plenty of water. Refrain form eating too much junk and processed food as well as carbonated drinks which contribute to bad breath.