Though considered rude in many contexts, burping is the body’s natural way of releasing gas in the stomach and intestines. While gases develop as a result of bacteria from food as it breaks down, eating or drinking too quickly, chewing gum, smoking, or even wearing loose dentures can also produce gas in the stomach. Yet, when burps are extra smelly, they may be considered sulfur burps.
If a burp resembles the smell of a rotten egg, it is most likely the result of hydrogen sulfide gas from a specific food, a condition of the gut, or an infection. The types of foods that naturally contain sulfide are brussel sprouts, broccoli, those high in protein, and beer. Another condition that certainly contributes to bad-smelling burps is Gastroesophageal Reflux, or GERD. Also known as acid reflux, this causes the gases from partially digested foods to “bubble up” through the esophagus, and into the back of the mouth. Not only does this create a burning sensation in the throat, it produces an unpleasant smell. Even so, another potential culprit known to produce sulfur burps is an infection called Giardia. Small parasites make their home in the small intestine, wreaking havoc on the intestinal tract. Individuals commonly experience diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, and extra smelly burps.
Treating Sulfur Burps
If you are experiencing foul-smelling burps such as sulfur burps, and you want to get rid of them, there’s good news. First, there are simple changes and habits that can help tremendously such as chewing food more slowly, avoiding gum or hard candies, and cutting back on sulfur-containing vegetables. As a rule, start by making one change to see if that helps. This will help identify the main cause of your bad-smelling burps. If it’s an issue with ill-fitting dentures, it’s wise to see your dentist. In other cases, if you can’t seem to identify the source of your sulfur burps, it’s best to visit your doctor. While it may be an embarrassing topic to discuss, there may be a gut condition or infection that you need to be aware of.
Conscientious and Compassionate Dental Care
Deeply committed to the oral health of her patients, Dr. Leia Porcaro welcomes you to Grateful Dental, where you’ll receive conscientious and compassionate dental care. If there is a sensitive concern relating to your oral health, such as burping, please let us know. Your patient information, including treatment, is kept confidential and private. For dental care that you can trust, contact Grateful Dental today.