YOUR BREATH REEKS
The mouth dryness that may occur from dehydration with diabetes can cause bad breath (halitosis). With a dry mouth, there isn’t enough saliva to wash away bacteria and balance oral pH levels.
Diabetes-related halitosis can be the result of gum diseases such as gingivitis and mild or advanced periodontitis. Gingivitis is a common periodontal disease that causes gum irritation, redness, and swelling. In some cases, it progresses to periodontitis, which is more serious.
High levels of ketones in the blood from diabetes can also contribute to halitosis. When cells don’t receive enough glucose for energy due to an inability to produce insulin, the body burns fat instead. This produces ketones that build up in the blood and cause bad breath.