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Bad breath or halitosis is not always associated with poor oral health, there are times when it has a very different origin.

Bad breath or halitosis is not always associated with poor oral health or with the consumption of certain substances such as alcohol or tobacco smoke, there are times when it has a very different origin.

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The Mayo Clinic points out in a publication that bad breath may have among its causes some foods, diseases and habits. He also adds that if simple self-care techniques do not solve the problem, the ideal will be consult a health professional to rule out a more serious illness.

In cases where bad breath has its origin in systemic diseases, metabolic disorders, or some medications and / or foods, odor compounds are produced in various organs and circulate to the lungs through the blood. There they pass to a gaseous state and, finally, they become the unpleasant halitosis, it is explained in an article on the specialized site Support your health.

However, the publication also mentions that It must be taken into account that there is a relationship between oral health and some systemic diseases, as well as with other medical disorders, one of the symptoms being chronic bad breath. According to data managed by the Breath Institute, 17% of patients diagnosed with halitosis are due to extraoral causes located in the respiratory system, in the digestive tract or of systemic origin.

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A health professional will always be the ideal person to identify the causes of any pathology or discomfort that a person presents, after the corresponding analysis.

What diseases can cause bad breath?

Serious systemic diseases related to halitosis, according to Support your health, are those that in their decompensation phase are associated with metabolic disorders that cause bad breath, as they are:

– Mellitus diabetes: When diabetes is not controlled properly, it can cause a smell similar to that of rotten fruits, caused by the accumulation of ketones in the blood that are released with the breath.

The publication highlights the importance of keeping ketoacidosis under control, that is, when the body uses fats instead of sugar, even in people who do not yet have the disease.

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To this is added the fact that in some cases halitosis is caused by the accumulation of bacteria in the mouth that feed on glucose. If the sugar levels are high, they grow and release bad odors.

– Chronic renal failure: 90 percent of patients with chronic kidney failure have oral symptoms such as halitosis, according to one study. In these cases, halitosis occurs in patients who have not yet been diagnosed or who do not treat their disease adequately.

The smell in this case is described as similar to that of ammonia, urine or fish. This is because people have high levels of urea causing problems in the salivary glands that, in turn, cause halitosis.

– Liver diseases: Liver disorders such as liver failure or cirrhosis can also be the cause of bad breath, mentioned in the article. This occurs when gases (aliphatic acids and sulfur compounds), which are in this organ, are absorbed but not metabolized and go along with the blood to the lungs where they are volatilized causing an unpleasant odor similar to that of feces.

– Congenital metabolic diseases: One of the main ones is trimethylaminuria or fish smell syndrome, which is a disease characterized by the inability of the liver to convert and oxidize trimethylamine to get rid of it. Its concentration produces bad breath similar to that of liver failure that resembles that of spoiled fish. (I)

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