When bad breath is more than just an oral problem

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 19 2015 12:29 AM | Updated as of Mar 20 2015 08:08 PM

MANILA - Bad breath may seem like a simple oral problem. But according to an expert, it can be a symptoms of other more serious conditions.

Dr. Ramon Carpio, a gastroenterologist and hepatologist, said bad breath can be a symptom of more serious medical conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) as well as kidney and liver problems.

GERD is a condition where the acid from the stomach goes back up to the esophagus.

"Ang pinakacommon cause ay siyempre sa bibig ano, dental o periodontal, sa gums, pero hindi naman talaga medical problem 'yan, madaling i-solve 'yan, magsepilyo ng maayos, magsepilyo ng madalas, and avoiding certain food," Carpio said.

"Ang acid reflux ay isang condition kung saan yung acid na dapat ay nasa sikmura lang, ay bumabalik, umaakyat sa esophagus natin and can reach as far as the oral cavity," he added. "So ito yung mga taong pala dighay, at kapag dumighay ka, may nalalasahan silang kakaiba, at nagdudulot ito ng bad breath."

Patients suffering from liver cirrhosis or any other liver and kidney problems also tend to suffer from "liver breath."

"Parang musty, parang ammonia, hindi nasasala masyado ng atay 'yung waste products sa katawan," Carpio said.

Other causes of bad breath include smoking, excessive drinking, and dehydration.