Bad breath is often constipation

25. september 2009  
Filed in News

Recent Danish research shows that the explanation of bad breath, often to be found further down than in the oral cavity. The culprit may be constipation, which is the case in up to every fourth patient complaining of bad breath. The solution is usually a healthier lifestyle.

Senior physician at the Surgical Department at Hillerød Hospital Tarmlaboratorium in Elsinore, dr.with. Dennis Raahave estimates that 5-10 % of all danes suffer from chronic constipation, while approx. 20 % of them also have bad breath due to the accumulation of digested food. He experiences most often it is the patients ' spouses, who must go to confession and tell the patient that he or she has bad breath. But it comes often as a surprise to both parties, there is a connection between intestinal problems and bad breath, as most people associate the symptoms with the oral cavity or the stomach.

Western lifestyle will get the blame
When many danes suffer from constipation, this is because according to Dennis Raahave very much our western lifestyle, with sedentary work, wrong eating habits and our perverse relationship to the restroom. If the patients with hidden or chronic constipation needs to be the bad breath rid, it requires that they get a well-functioning bowel. In the quest for good breath helps exercise, high fiber and low fat diet, and intake of fluid each hour.

Tarmspecialist instead of the Dentist
Dentists who can't find the explanation for the bad breath in the oral cavity of their patients, are advised to ask whether the patient has digestive problems, stomach ache or feel bloated, uncomfortable, tired and lethargic. If the patient can recognize some of these symptoms, should he or she be examined by a tarmspecialist.

Read more in Tandlægebladet no. 11 2009 or on

Natural explanation for the bad breath?

10. June 2009  
Filed in Bad breath



There is a natural explanation that I have very bad breath, and can the dentist do something to alleviate the bad breath?

I have excellent oral hygiene and also use dental floss regularly.

Kind regards



Dear Linda

There can be several causes of bad breath. In the jargon we call it the foetor ex ore or Halitosis. But before you seek out medical care towards the bad breath, you should be aware that I do not mention the general lack of fresh breath, most of us have in the morning. But severe bad breath which can be a daily problem for many of us. This kind of bad breath affects approximately. one in five of us at one time or another in our lives. So it is in no way an uncommon problem.

It is very annoying and can come from the oral cavity, the sinuses, the nose and even from the stomach and intestinal tract. So it would be a good idea to speak with your own dentist to rule out that the smell comes from the teeth and the mucous membrane in the first place. You may want to. get a consultation of a private doctor to an ear, nose and throat doctor. If there is something wrong with the first mentioned things you can be examined by a medications.

Hope you can use my answer.

With kind regards

Dentist Joan Olsen™ – the Road to healthier teeth

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