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Diabetes and Oral Health

Does diabetes cause a breath odor?

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  • ADe Vizio, DMD, Dentist, answered on behalf of Colgate
    If you have diabetes and notice a fruity breath odor, it may be the result of ketoacidosis. This is a serious condition that can happen in diabetes and needs attention. Call your doctor immediately. If your breath odor is unpleasant or offensive, then it may be the result of poor dental hygiene habits. Brushing and flossing your teeth two or three times a day may help resolve this bad breath problem. If your breath smells like feces and if you also have nausea or vomiting, you could have a GI obstruction. Call your doctor immediately. People who are suffering with kidney failure may notice a urine-like odor in their mouth. Again, this needs medical attention. While your breath should smell minty fresh after brushing and flossing your teeth, if your breath smells fruity, like feces or urine-like, you need to seek medical attention.
  • Certain diabetic medications you may be taking can cause bad breath. Dry mouth may be another problem you experience. Discuss with your dentist any medications you are taking and how they can affect your oral health. Regular screenings with your dentist can also check that bad breath and dry mouth are not being caused by other problems.
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