What Your Breath May Be Saying About Your Health

We’ve all done a quick breath check before heading out for a date or a big social event. We normally check to see if we could benefit from a mint or some chewing gum, but as I recently learned from a post by Everyday Health, the smell of your breath can actually have the ability to warn you of certain health issues you may be experiencing without even realizing it.

One of the more common health conditions that affects many people is GERD, or acid reflux disease, and most people do often notice that foul smelling breath tends to accompany this uncomfortable ailment.This is because acid reflux occurs when food is unable to be processed through the digestive tract, and so it begins to decay while remaining undigested. This decay can often lead to a foul odor on the breath, and it can also lead to erosion on the back of the teeth from stomach acid that improperly rises up from the stomach into the esophagus. 

Infections of the respiratory tract, including bronchitis, the flu, and sinusitis can also cause bad breath.These infections cause inflammation in the respiratory tissues, which often promotes the growth of bacteria and mucus that leads to bad breath. Another reason why colds and illnesses could cause bad breath is because many people end up having to breathe through their mouth, which leads to a dry oral cavity that is ripe for producing bad bacteria in the mouth. 

The odor on your breath can also indicate more serious illnesses and health conditions. Breath that smells fruity could point to diabetes, or the poor management of diabetes in the body. If diabetes is not being treated or controlled properly, the levels of blood sugar in the body fluctuate, which surprisingly enough can promote the growth of bacteria that cause gum disease, dry mouth, and gum deterioration. 

As we move into a more and more tech-heavy and tech reliant society, our health is no exception. Medical researchers are now beginning to have the capability of building receptors that can actually test for such serious conditions as lung cancer, kidney disease, and even heart failure. More and more tests and studies are being conducted by using these machines, and the results are pretty accurate a large amount of the time. We’re still a long way away from using these devices commonly, but if you suspect something is up with your body based on your breath, visit your doctor as soon as you can.

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