Not the most pleasant fresh breath? You would probably think that this condition is because of the food you ate and the brush that you avoided. But at times these particular smells associated with breath point to serious health issues.
Most of the bad breath odours are due to the anaerobic bacteria that reside at the back of the tongue, tonsils or throat, whose job is to break down the proteins present in our food on the daily basis whenever we tend to consume food. An important point to be noted is if you aren’t perfectly healthy, it might not be the easiest task for these bacteria to break down the proteins present in our food, in a manner, they should and hence leaving traces of chemical smell behind.
Take a look at the checklist mentioned below, before you prepare your mind to visit your personal GP or dentist.
If the breath smells like pear drops, it could be diabetes
One of the most common tell-tale indications of unidentified Type 1 diabetes is the slight smell of pear drops or ammonia in our breath. This is caused due to the lack of insulin, which means the body can no longer use sugar as a source of energy and as a result the body starts breaking fat instead of proteins. Various waste products including ketones tend to develop and hence exhaled. For measures you can – visit your GP for a urinal test, especially if you feel thirsty very often, tiredness in extremes, frequent urination and unexpected loss of weight.
If the Breath Smells like Mothballs, it Could be Sinus
People who suffer from conditions like sinus often tend to emit an odour similar to mothballs. The reason behind this is that the mucus generated during the times when you have congested throat, and stuffy nose contains proteins which are extremely dense. These particular proteins are not an easy task for the body to break it down. These proteins contain a particular distinctive smell. For measures you can – you can try using over the counter decongestants, or you can visit your GP if you are worried about having sinusitis.
If the breath smells of sour milk, it could be due to the diet
Diets which include the high concentration of proteins without any carbs can be the cause of the foul smelling breath. As we learnt while discussing diabetes, it is the presence of those ketones that is to be blamed. As the ratio of the carbs present in the body is very less, the body starts to burn fat and proteins. In such cases, proteins obtained from diets that include the minimum amount of carbs can cause an unpleasant smell. For measures you can – try introducing a diet rich and yet balanced in carbs as no amount of brushing, flossing or mouthwash can help you in avoiding such smells.
If the Breath Smells of Rotten Flesh, it Could be Tonsillitis
Whenever the tonsil present in out throat gets infected of inflamed, it is not at all easy for the anaerobic bacteria present at the back of the tongue to break these chemicals down. Bacteria that can produce sulphur breed deep in tonsils and the ones that get infected are unable to break it down. It is this smell of sulphur that causes the breath to stink whenever a person is suffering from tonsillitis or tonsil stones. In few rare cases, such smells were seen before cirrhosis of the liver. For measures you can – drink as much as you can and gargle with a mild antiseptic solution. Tonsils can also be cured without treatment within a week.
If the Breath Smells like Morning Breath, it could be Xerostomia also known as Dry Mouth
It is not possible that your mouth smells like roses or daisies when you wake up after a long nap, but if the regular brushing is unable to kill that smell, then it is might possible that the cause for this smell something entirely different. Many people suffer from a condition called Xerostomia commonly known as dry mouth, where the flow of saliva isn’t appropriate as it should be. Lack of saliva in our body can be accounted for the bacteria that might build up, which can be the cause of the bad smell. Unless and until the flow of saliva is normal within our body the effects of such conditions can be long-lasting and unpleasant. It can also get as serious as tooth decay and gum related diseases. For measures, it is advised that you visit you GP and drink as much water as possible as people who usually suffer from such conditions might experience various other symptoms which include unrelenting thirst, chapped lips and cracked mouth corners, sore throat along with a sensation of burns on the tongue.
If the Breath Smells of Fish, it could be Kidney Problems
The major element guilty as charged when it comes to fishy smells is nitrogen. If your breath smells fishy, clearly you liver is to be blamed. As kidneys fail to function as they should, nitrogen builds up which in turn causes such smells and odours. For measures, you can visit you GP and make arrangements for you kidney function test.
If the Breath smells of Faeces it could be Infected Gums
The tissue which is rotting can mimic the smell of faeces due to the generation of chemicals by bacteria which is anaerobic. The most shared and frequent infections on age modern humans are infected gums. Hence the smell of faeces can be caused easily by lack of flossing exactly as a blockage in the bowel or similar object. For measures, you can make it certain that you floss and brush extra carefully and if possible do it twice in a day. Also, make sure that you visit for dentist and hygienist regularly.