If your bad breath isn’t due to poor oral hygiene, it could be a sign that something’s gone wrong in your digestive system. The board-certified gastroenterologists at Triborough GI in New York are experts at diagnosing and treating gastrointestinal (GI) issues that cause bad breath. It’s easy to spot the advantages of seeking GI care from the multilingual team at Triborough GI. They have three locations to serve you – Brooklyn, Staten Island, and the Bronx – and provide state-of-the-art health care in a comfortable patient-first environment. Schedule an appointment today. Call the practice or book your visit online.
There are several conditions that can create bad breath, and some are part of the normal digestive process. For instance, naturally occurring bacteria in your large intestine release certain gases and other substances as they break down the foods and beverages you consume. This can sometimes make your burps or breath smell like sulfur or rotten eggs.
An overgrowth of these bacteria, however, can create bad breath that’s persistent despite the best oral hygiene practices. Other medical conditions, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), can make your breath smell foul. Bad breath is, in fact, one of the symptoms of GERD.
Along with GERD, GI conditions that can cause bad breath include:
SIBO occurs when bacteria normally present in small numbers in your small intestine multiply beyond normal levels. Common symptoms of SIBO include bloating within an hour of meals, excess flatulence, and diarrhea. About 80% of people who have irritable bowel syndrome also have SIBO.
Celiac and other conditions such as Crohn's can cause malabsorption of food and resulting bad breath. As they interfere with digestion, these types of conditions may provide more undigested food for sulfur-reducing bacteria to break down, which generates more hydrogen sulfide as a byproduct, and that can cause smelly burps and bad breath.
Other GI conditions that may be linked to bad breath include gastroparesis, which causes your stomach to empty slowly and is often associated with diabetes, constipation, and gallbladder problems.
Resolving GI-related bad breath requires treating the underlying condition. Your therapy, for instance, may include oral medications, including antibiotics, and/or changes in diet.
If your bad breath persists despite good oral hygiene practices, schedule a visit at Triborough GI. Call the office nearest you or book your appointment online.