No one likes to admit that they have bad breath, but sometimes the fact becomes undeniably true. Some of us have days where our breath is worse than others, and what we typically resort to is popping in a piece of gum, mint or fruity candy.
This can sometimes help, but when it doesn’t and the bad breath lingers for long periods of time, then it likely has nothing to do with whatever meal you’ve just eaten.
It could be that there’s something going awry inside of your body and it’s emitting the strange, sometimes foul, smells that come out of your mouth.
So rather than ignoring or covering up the stench, you may want to get it checked out by your doctor. If you’re not convinced, here are some of the conditions that are known to cause funny smelling breath.
There’s something else brewing in your stomach
It’s very rare for Americans to have their stomachs checked out for ulcers and cancer, at least not until the bigger symptoms start to show up. Now, there is a way for routine screenings to be performed without invasive methods like endoscopy. What’s used is a breath test known as nanoarray analysis. This is able to determine the levels of certain compounds that are connected with stomach cancer. Ask your doctor if this technology is available to you, so that you can have this ruled out.
Low production of saliva & dry mouth
When you go to sleep, the production of saliva decreases naturally. This allows odorous bacteria to form and grow. This is made worse for people who have sleep apnea or who snore, because they have issues with breathing through their nose, so they sleep with their mouths open to breathe. This in turn increases foul breath.
Something fishy is going on with your kidneys
If your breath smells like you’ve just eaten fish or some other type of seafood, and you haven’t, then it could be because you’re suffering from kidney failure. The smell may also resemble ammonia or urine.
This happens because the kidneys are responsible for removing toxins from your body and when they aren’t doing their job, the toxins begin to accumulate in all parts of your body. The fishy smell emits when the kidney failure starts to affect the respiratory system.