What if my breath doesn't smell bad but fruity?

Breath that smells fruity or sweet could be a symptom of a ketoacidosis, which is a diabetic issue where glucose or sugars cannot be used by the body due to a lack of insulin. This can be a potentially dangerous condition if it is not treated. Other symptoms of ketoacidosis include fatigue, frequent urination, headache, dry skin or mouth, muscle stiffness, nausea, and extreme thirst.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Georgia College & State University Athletic Training Education Program.)
A fruity-smelling breath is common among people with diabetes. When your body doesn't have enough insulin to turn sugar into fuel, it will use fat instead. When the fat breaks down, byproducts called ketones build up in the body and produce the fruity smell.

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Bad Breath (Halitosis)

The easy cases of bad breath can be fixed by brushing and flossing. Drink lots of water. Use mouthwash and remember to brush your tongue too. But there are other things that can cause bad breath. Smoking is an obvious culprit. Foo...

ods like garlic and onions can cause bad breath long after you brush them out of your mouth. Dry mouth can cause bad breath, drinking plenty of water helps, as does chewing gum. Some illnesses and medicines may also cause bad breath, and plaque or tartar on teeth and gum disease may also contribute.

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