Is your bad breath caused by your diet?
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Dr. Travis Stork: I have Alexa here who has been on the diet, right? But you had a yucky side effect? Alexa: Yes. I wasn't very excited about my diet I have noticed I have had like embracing, like not fresh breath anymore and I am like, no matter what I do, it's just like, not going away. Female Speaker: Okay. So I have definitely heard this one before. I now want to ask you what kind of diet are you on right now? Alexa: I do low-carbs so I am eating, less grains and less things like that and more protein and cheese and that stuff? Female Speaker: So I had a feeling you are going to say that, because carbohydrates, that's a go to fuel as a source of energy for our body, and if we cut out carbs our body find something else and what happens as we break down fats. When we do that our liver releases a kind of called the ketone and these ketones get excreted in our breath and actually cause a kind of we learn to go with the sweet odour, it's really a sickle kind of sweet odour and it can cause bad breath. So that definitely could be one issue. The other problem when you are dieting is you tend to not drink as much water as you should because you are really just, in that restrictive mind set, you know, and you can get a little bit of dehydrated. Water is really important for our saliva production and what happens if we don't have enough saliva we are not washing out the food particles. We are not clearing out the bacteria, another big cause of bad breath. So two things you can do, one is I would, maybe try to introduce little bit of carbs back in your diet and the other thing is making sure you are well hydrated which is always important. So drinking a lot of water, those two things should help. Dr. Travis Stork: Thank you! Great question!