Monday, August 22, 2022

Bad Breath Could Mean You Have Underlying Medical Conditions

Yuck, what is that smell? Could it be your breath? 

Checking your breath may not just save you from embarrassing social moments, but it may save your life!

Recurring bad breath could be a sign of underlying medical conditions.:

  • Fish Breath: kidney failure- The fishy breath occurs when kidney failure affects the respiratory system and makes it hard to breathe. This is because the damaged kidneys can no longer filter waste products from the blood and turn it into the urine.
  • Sleep conditions may cause sour mouth- Saliva decreases during sleep, which causes a breeding ground for bacteria.
  • Excess weight-  A poor diet and lack of water can play a major role in bad breath. Try drinking large amounts of water and eating lots of fruit and vegetables, this will help keep your breath fresh.
Below are some tests that are available to help detect specific medical conditions:
  • Electric Nose Technology: Detects lung cancer from bad breath. This is a cheaper alternative than doing a biopsy to detect lung cancer. The "electronic nose" detects different profiles of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in exhaled breaths.
  • Breath tests: This can detect heart failure. By taking a breath test, researchers can use "mass spectrometry" technology to analyze the sample for molecular and chemical compound signs of heart failure.

If you notice your recurring bad breath please seek medical help!

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