What causes bad breath in diabetes?

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Breath odor in diabetes may be caused by the diabetes or by dental problems. Poor dental health with diabetes can leave you at risk for tooth decay and gum disease. When these conditions worsen, you may have tooth infections, abscesses and gum infections. These infections may cause a bad taste in your mouth and a bad odor, too. You can taste the infection from the tooth or gum when you swallow.

A diabetic may develop a distinct breath which may be a sign of a worsening problem with the illness. If you notice a fruity breath with diabetes it may be the result of ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis is the result of the body attempting to remove excessive acetone through breathing. This is a very serious, even life-threatening condition that needs immediate medical treatment.

If you have any signs of bad breath that's related to a dental problem, call your dentist. Getting treatment for dental infections is imperative to avoid more serious procedures such as tooth removal.

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