Study Links Bad Breath to Skipping Breakfast
By Enchanting Dentistry
July 14, 2016
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Teens Who Skip Breakfast Are More Likely to Have Bad Breath
You’ll probably be surprised to hear that bad breath is related to when you eat in addition to what you eat. A new study from the International Journal of Dental Hygiene found that teenagers who eat breakfast are less likely to have bad breath throughout the day. From now on, you might think twice about skipping your morning bowl of Cheerios.

The study questioned 665 senior high school students in Japan and found that about 20 percent had skipped breakfast that day, with 36 percent of those students also having bad breath. Those who skipped breakfast were almost twice as likely to have bad breath as compared to those who did eat breakfast. Of those who exhibited bad breath, just over half knew that their breath was less than amicable.

The study also questioned students about their daily oral hygiene. Those who reported not brushing their tongue regularly were also 1.7 times as likely to have bad breath, as opposed to those who do brush their tongue regularly. Bacteria on the teeth, gums, and tongue release smelly gases throughout the day, contributing to bad breath. Overall, the study makes it clear that eating breakfast and brushing your tongue will significantly lower your chances of having bad breath.

Teenagers already have enough trouble fitting in as it is. Bad breath can cause social anxiety and low self-esteem among teenagers. Taking the time to improve bad breath can help reduce a person’s anxiety when they’re around his or her peers.

In addition to gobbling down some pieces of toast before you rush out the door in the morning, and brushing the bacteria off of your tongue, take a look at some other ways to prevent bad breath.

  1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, once during the day and right before you go to bed, and floss at least once a day. Brushing only cleans about 60 percent of the surface of your teeth.
  2. Drink plenty of water. Rinsing your mouth out will help keep bacteria away. Dry mouth can also lead to bad breath.
  3. Drink plenty of water. Rinsing your mouth out will help keep bacteria away. Dry mouth can also lead to bad breath.
  4. Bad breath can go deeper than the mouth. Certain foods that cause bad breath such as onions and garlic get into your bloodstream and eventually your lungs, when you finally breathe them out. Sometimes, it’s best to avoid certain smelly foods altogether.
  5. See your dentist regularly. Schedule a cleaning or a check-up at least once a year.

At Enchanting Dentistry in Plantation, we’re committed to providing our patients with the very best dental care, to help them keep clean, fresh breath year round. Call us today at 954-DENTIST(336-9478) to schedule a cleaning today



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