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The mouth is the perfect environment for all types of bacteria to grow. When bacteria breaks down substances inside of your mouth, they create foul-smelling byproducts. This leads to bad breath and unfavorable dental side-effects. Here are some of the messages that your breath might be sending you.

What Your Bad Breath Says About You

You’re Sick

Stinky breath is often an indicator that you have a bacterial infection somewhere in your body. Sinus infections cause your breath to smell particularly foul, since your sinuses are immediately connected to your throat. Upper respiratory tract infections can also show symptoms on your tongue and linger in your mouth.

You Have Allergies

If you have a consistent post-nasal drip, watery eyes and stuffy nose in addition to bad breath, you might be experiencing an allergic reaction. If you’re not sure whether you’re sick or allergic, your doctor can help you figure out the source of the problem.

You Have a Blood Sugar Imbalance

Your body typically likes to use sugar as fuel because it’s a quick source of energy that doesn’t take much effort to burn. However, when your body doesn’t properly use incoming sugar supplies, it burns fat for energy instead. Fat burning results in the production of ketones throughout your body, which creates a notable fruity smell in your mouth.

You Are Lactose Intolerant

Bad breath that smells like spoiled milk might indicate that your body is not properly digesting milk products. This can lead to an intolerance to foods such as cheese, ice cream and yogurt. Digestive issues like gas and bloating usually accompany lactose intolerance, so look out for these symptoms as well.

You Need a Mint

Keep in mind that the smell of your breath might not be an indicator of a serious medical condition. It might just mean you need to brush your teeth. Talk to your dentist or doctor if you have any concerns about bad breath or notice other unusual symptoms.

Contact Us For Help With Your Bad Breath

If you are still looking for a periodontist contact the Center for Periodontics & Implant Dentistry today by calling us today and take the next step on regaining your confident smile! Proudly serving Jenkintown, Abington, Elkins Park, Cheltenham, Glenside, Willow Grove, Wyncote, Montgomery County, Bucks County and surrounding areas.