We smell a lot of breath. It’s not a big deal. Most people brush their teeth before coming to our office anyway. They floss too—often for the first time since their last appointment.
Your breath is a good indicator of health. Here’s what it tells us:
If you have fruity breath, the culprit is likely diabetes. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder. It causes the body to not produce enough insulin. That leads to excess glucose in the blood. If it’s not controlled. it gives your breath a fruity smell.
While fruity breath has a distinctive cause, fishy breath can mean several things. Two of them are liver and kidney failure. Fishy breath is something to see your doctor about for further testing.
Foul breath also has several causes. Strep throat has a horrible smell. Other causes can be GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux), a lung abscess, or bronchitis.
Our breath can mean many things. Of course, not all bad breath is a serious medical issue. Even gum disease, which can get serious, has an impact on your breath. Good oral health isn’t the only reason to go to the dentist. It can save your life.