“Do you have something wrong with your stomach?” Many people use this tentative question to make the person opposite them aware of their bad breath. What many people don’t know: Bad breath actually can originate from inside the body. Any type of gastrointestinal problem is looked at as a possible cause for the occurrence of the odour.
Most of the time, bad breath is a result of problems in the oral cavity and the pharynx and is caused by residual food or dental caries, bacteria or fungi. Foods like garlic are also often the culprit of bad breath.
If all of these causes are ruled out and if the patient has good oral hygiene – key words: brush teeth, mouthwash, regular professional teeth cleaning – then bad breath could be an indication of an undiagnosed gastric inflammation (gastritis). Those particularly affected by this are heavy smokers and people who drink an excessive amount of alcohol. But food poisoning can also be a trigger. Often the bacterium Helicobacter Pylori is responsible for chronic gastritis.
Strong, unusual smells can be caused by problems in the oesophagus. If there is any residual food in abnormal bulges in the oesophagus or any remaining foreign bodies in the upper intestinal tract, this can also be the source of malodorous exhalations.
Sour-smelling breath is typical of heartburn, and dyspepsia and other types of indigestion often cause halitosis. Bad breath coming from the mouth and nose is an indication of a stomach ulcer.
Many people are stuck in the stress trap. Demands on people are increasing and many more things have to get done quicker. This stress plays havoc with your stomach, which in turn leads to a variety of illnesses. Gastrointestinal problems do not always have physical causes, they can also be a symptom of stress. The consequence: Halitosis, or bad breath, that comes from inside.