What Bad Breath Could Indicate about Your Health

E-noses are currently being developed to identify compounds in breath that could identify the presence of kidney disease, high cholesterol, asthma and other potentially serious health problems. Similar to Breathalyzers, e-noses will flag specific compounds rather than alcohol, and may be used in a variety of medical settings to provide fast, effective non-invasive diagnostic alternatives. E-noses are still in the development stage, but our own noses can also provide critical information about our health.

Chronic, noticeably bad breath can be a symptom of health problems. If your breath is bad in spite of your oral hygiene habits, you may have sinus problems or an infection. A noticeably sweet but still unpleasant odor can indicate the presence of diabetes, which causes high blood sugar levels and ketoacidosis. A strong ammonia odor can be a sign of kidney disease. Most commonly, however, chronic bad breath is linked to poor dental hygiene.

When plaque and tartar build up, they release sulfur-like compounds as a result of bacterial processes. The bacteria can also attack the sensitive gum tissue, which can trigger gum disease. Brushing twice a day and flossing every day can keep plaque under control and reduce tartar buildup. Regular dental checkups can help keep teeth clean and tartar-free.

Chronic bad breath can be embarrassing, but it is treatable. If you have bad breath, talk to Dr. Frame, Santa Clara dentist, who will work to identify the source and create a treatment plan that helps you breathe more freely. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your next appointment.

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