What causes breath to smells like poop?

Breath smelling like poop is an embarrassing problem. Who wants to come closer to you, when your breath odor is extremely bad and it smells almost like poop. Even your loved ones tend to stay a kilometer away from you when you are talking with them. This is not only a health problem but also a social stigma.

Have you ever thought of the reason for this bad odor? It can be a simple problem to more complicated and serious health disorder. Therefore, you need to know, what are the problems which can make your breath to smells like poop.

Tooth decay

Twice I had a bout of bad breath in the past which smelled like poop. The first time it happened was about four years ago I had no idea my breath was smelling like poop until my wife told me so . I bought [easyazon_link identifier=”B00P0C0PXA” locale=”US” nw=”y” nf=”y” tag=”httpsneveragai-20″ cloak=”n” localize=”y” popups=”y”]Listerine[/easyazon_link] , brush my teeth and tongue three times a day , drink water to ensure I was not dehydrated and all other methods I found online . One things I didn’t know could have caused your breath to smell like poop was tooth decay . On my visit to the dentist for my teeth cleaning he told me that my right wisdom tooth is covered by a gum flap which is sometimes referred to as an impacted wisdom tooth. It was trapping food every time I ate resulting in the smelly breath. I had to do a small surgery to remove the tooth and then take a dose of antibiotics which killed the remaining bacteria.It can be one of the commonest problems that cause halitosis. The negligence of oral hygiene makes the mouth more susceptible to bacterial action. The byproducts of the bacterial reaction end up with high acidity and mouth odor. Visit your dentist more often , floss everyday water flossing is a very effective way of remove food residue.   



There two ways diabetes causes bad breath one diabetes increase your blood sugar because your body doesn’t produce enough insulin resulting in our bodies being prone to infections this means our gum too . So bad breath is caused by gum disease and gum disease is connected to diabetes. Diabetics also has poop like breath because of ketones caused by diabetes. When our body don’t have enough sugar or insulin it starts to acquire its fuel from fats when the fat reaches our liver it releases ketones which is acidic and is released from our body by our breath. Reduce sugar foods and drinks , careful of the type of toothpaste you use choose those for sensitive gums , teeth whitening with peroxide ([easyazon_link identifier=”B016H5C5IG” locale=”US” nw=”y” nf=”y” tag=”httpsneveragai-20″ cloak=”n” localize=”y” popups=”y”]non peroxide teeth whitening[/easyazon_link]) can also cause gum damage which may take very long to heal because of the diabetes . Use soft toothbrush and brush gently to prevent gum irritation.


Gum diseases

One of the common causes of breath odor is gum disease or gum infection and most of the infected persons are not aware they have it. The gum infection along with food particles in the mouth makes the mouth smell like poop.Gum disease or periodontitis is one of the main causes of poop breath this is because of a bacteria called porphyromonas gingivalis which breakdown the tissue around the teeth creating inflammation which allows other bacteria colones to live. The buildup of the bacteria feeding excretes foul odors which gives your mouth the feces smell.


Cigarette smoking

Cigarette smoking causes periodontal disease which is the leading cause of tooth loss . Periodontal disease is an infection of teeth , gum and the bone around your teeth. A survey done by National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey showed that smoking is one of the major cause of gum disease in United States 1 . Cigarette smoking causes your mouth to smell like poop because it damages your gum and teeth bones due to tartar build up . Cigarette smoke also reduces your immune response to making it difficult to fight periodontal disease because it reduces blood flow to your gum 2 .Smoking also dries your mouth of saliva thus increasing bad microorganisms growth. The longer you smoke the worst your bad breath will become . It would best to quit smoking to stop the bad breath , there are gums you can chew to help remove tartar , also mouthwash which can help remove the bacteria and reduce dry mouth or use dry mouth mints.[easyazon_image align=”none” cloak=”n” height=”110″ identifier=”B001ET76AI” locale=”US” localize=”y” nw=”y” nf=”y” src=”” tag=”httpsneveragai-20″ width=”110″]

Dry mouth

Another incident of bad breath occurred two years ago when I was taking 50 mg of zinc daily to improve my sperm count . The zinc caused my mouth to become extremely dry even though I drank 8 glasses of water a day it did not make a difference . Once I stop using the mineral everything went back to normal Dry mouth is one of the important sign of dehydration. This can also be the result of high caffeine consumption or alcohol intake. Moreover, diabetes is also one of the commonest cause of dry mouth and as a result of it bad odor.

To stop dry mouth you should pay attention to what medication or supplements you are using it may be the cause . You can also take [easyazon_link identifier=”B017DI74XM” locale=”US” nw=”y” nf=”y” tag=”httpsneveragai-20″ cloak=”n” localize=”y” popups=”y”]saliva substitutes.[/easyazon_link]

Low carb diets

Low carb diets also cause bad breath this is  because of ketones just like what occurs with diabetes. Once there is not enough sugar or carbohydrates the body starts to use the protein and fats in our body to supply use with energy causing bad breath . Ketones also causes dry mouth and you would have read earlier the effects of dry mouth. Once you change your diet you should you a change in your breath odor.

Allergic reaction


The allergic reactions does not make your breath to smell like poop. However, the antihistamine medications, that are used to treat allergic reaction has a drying effect on the passage of respiratory system, especially in the nasal passage. This makes your breath smells like poop. Ask your doctor for alternative medications , take a look at natural antihistamine.

Sinusitis or sinus infections 

The sinusitis or sinus infection is caused usually by bacteria. The bacteria from the nasal cavity can travel to the throat, and once the bacteria reaches the throat, where it cause bad odor .


Canker Sores

Canker sores which are mouth ulcers cause foul feces breath because of the bacteria living in the sores. Canker sores usually go away on their own but there are [easyazon_link identifier=”B001ET76AI” locale=”US” nw=”y” nf=”y” tag=”httpsneveragai-20″ cloak=”n” localize=”y” popups=”y”]special mouthwash[/easyazon_link] which can be used to reduce the smell and speed up the healing process but it should be alcohol free. You should also avoid spicy food which can make your sores worse . 

Upper digestive tract problems 

The upper digestive tract problems as if reflux esophagitis, can make the acidic content of the stomach to come into our food pipe. This acidic content makes our breath smells like poop.

Probe in your mouth

It also occurs in people who have a probe in the nose or mouth (nasogastric tube) to the stomach in order to drain gastric contents, as well as in people with excess toxins in the body.

Intestinal problems 

The medical conditions as if obstruction of intestines can lead to blockage in the excretory system of our body. This stops the stomach emptying into the intestine as there is a block. This leads to a fermentative reaction in the stomach and this produces different types of gasses as a result of fermentation. This makes the breath to stink like poop. It usually also occurs when the person has been vomiting .

Joan Liebmann , in his book Listen to your body , offers another alternative explanation:

Fecal breath can also be a sign of a very controversial disorder whose name is scary: intestinal permeability (also known as leaky bowel syndrome). In this disorder, which is considered quite common, the intestinal lining becomes excessively porous. According to this theory, toxins and undigested food enter the bloodstream, which can trigger food allergies and autoimmune diseases.


Liver failure

Severe mouth odor, which resembles poop, can be an important sign that your liver is failing. So, it is always better to consult a doctor, when the smell is very strong.


As a whole, there are often many serious health conditions that cause breath to smell like poop. It is always better to bring the notice of the doctor about this bad odor. This can be life-saving in most of the cases.


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