Don’t Skip Breakfast

Studies show that skipping breakfast increases the likelihood of bad breath.

Recent research (1) has indicated that those who skip breakfast (teenagers in the case of this study), are twice as likely to suffer from bad breath. Interestingly, only a small percentage of those who had bad breath were aware of it. This may be replicated, to some degree, in society at large, as many people would simply not wish to tell their friends that they had breath breath for fear of appearing rude. Because of this, some people go for many years completely unaware of the problem.

Advice that breakfast is the most important meal of the day has often been ignored by teenagers in particular, for whom, an extra half hour in bed is likely to be more important than getting up to eat.

Instead, in today’s modern society, it is easy to grab something to eat ‘on the hoof’ whilst on the way to college or work. As we have discussed before on the Mike Allen’s Dental Practice blog, these snacks are often high in sugar and detrimental to good oral health.

Why bad breath?

Whilst bad breath can be a symptom of something more serious, such as infections of the throat or lungs; in most cases, it is likely to be caused by bacteria that live in the mouth. It is also likely that those who forgo breakfast for extra time in bed, may also apply the same logic to their oral health care.

By leaving everything to the last minute, a very quick brush is all that their teeth might receive before they venture out each morning. Whilst this is probably better than nothing, it does mean that areas of the mouth, such as the gums and tongue, where bacteria can build up, get neglected.

How to tell

If your friends are not brave enough to tell you that you have bad breath, there is a simple test which can help. Simply lick the back of your wrist and leave it for a minute or two. If that area then smells, there is every chance that you breath does too and you should seek out professional dental care. Whilst eating a healthy (and low sugar or sugar free) breakfast may help to improve your breath, the most important thing to do is ensure that you install a good oral health regimen including brushing for at least two minutes and flossing between your teeth too.

This care, along with regular oral health examinations at our Burton on Trent dental practice, should ensure that your breath will remain fresh and will not offend people when you get close to them.

To have your oral health checked, please call Mike Allen’s Dental Practice on 01283 845345.