14 Jul Skipping Breakfast Leads to Bad Breath in Teens
Does your teenager skip breakfast often? Maybe they don’t like to eat first thing in the morning, or maybe they like to just roll out of bed and rush out of the house each morning? If so, you might want to get them to slow down and have a good breakfast daily, for their mouth and stomach’s sake!
According to new information from a study that appeared in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, when compared to teenagers that eat breakfast, teenagers who don’t eat first thing in the morning are nearly twice as likely to suffer from halitosis, or bad breath. Research has discovered that almost a fifth of the participants questioned admitted that they had skipped breakfast. Out of these participants one in three (36%) suffered from bad breath, which was significantly more than those who did eat breakfast, but only half of the individuals who were labeled as having bad breath were conscious that they were suffering from halitosis. In addition, the study also revealed that by not cleaning the tongue thoroughly was another major factor in the development of bad breath.
Bad breath is typically caused by the bacterium that coats the tongue, teeth and gums, as the mouth bacteria releases smelly gases. However, bad breath can be also an indicator of an underlying condition such as sinusitis, bronchitis, diabetes, liver or kidney problems, or infections in the nose, throat, or lungs. However, besides having a healthy breakfast daily, here are some of the simple ways you and your loved ones can avoid bad breath:
- Be sure to brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste. Remember, it is important to clean your tongue properly as well with a tongue scraper.
- Be sure to floss or clean in between your teeth at least once a day. Brushing alone does not completely clean the surface of your teeth.
- Visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups, this way your dentist can spot any potential health problems before they become a major issue.
Overall, eating breakfast everyday has been linked to improved health by numerous studies; it’s no wonder it is considered to be the ‘most important meal of the day’. So make sure your teenager is eating breakfast daily, as well as practicing good oral hygiene!
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