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How Bad Breath Affects Your Health

From the Show: Staying Well
Summary: Bad breath can be caused by your lifestyle, but sometimes there is a more serious reason why your breath has a terrible odor.
Air Date: 10/7/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Richard Price, DMD
Richard Price Nov 2010Richard H. Price, D.M.D., is currently a Consumer Advisor spokesperson for the American Dental Association,a professional organization representing approximately 157,000 U.S. dentists.

Dr. Price has close to one thousand media appearances to his credit, including The Today Show, Oprah, CBS Live, 20/20 and all local newscasts in Boston. He has also been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, and the Boston Globe. In addition, Dr. Price authored a newspaper column, "Dentist's Diary," in the Boston Herald for five years.
How Bad Breath Affects Your Health
Having bad breath can do more than chase your friends, co-workers and significant other away... it could mean something more serious is going on with your health.

Diabetics have uncontrollable blood sugar levels and are more prone to gum diseases that cause bad breath. A fruity or sweet chemical smell often will release from diabetics' mouths because the body is attempting to get rid of excess acetone through breathing.

In most cases, though, bad breath is caused by your lifestyle factors. This includes how often you are brushing, flossing, using mouthwash and how much water you are drinking. If you have an ammonia-like odor, it could be a sign of chronic kidney failure.

Doctor of Dental Medicine and a Consumer Advisor spokesperson for the American Dental Association, Dr. Richard Price, explains why your breath is a reflection of your health. He also advises when to seek medical attention if bad breath has become a chronic problem.

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