Many know the old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but a new report has suggested that avoiding breakfast could be a leading cause of bad breath.
A new study, published in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, found that skipping breakfast could be the most common cause of bad breath in teenagers.
The research found that nearly one in five participants questioned admitted that they had missed breakfast, with more than a third of these (36 per cent) suffering from bad breath. This was substantially higher than those who had eaten breakfast.
However, the study also found that only half were aware of the fact they had bad breath.
Chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, said the findings could help teenagers develop positively. He explained that bad breath is a common problem and this gives people another reason not to skip breakfast in the morning.
“Young people who suffer from bad breath may find that it has a significant impact on their ability to have normal social interactions as they go through one of the most defining times of their lives. This has the potential to impact their personal development and those who experience this social rejection may exhibit low self-esteem. By being aware of the causes of bad breath it gives people the ability to do something about it,” Dr Carter said.
People involved in dental marketing know that teenagers can be some of the most difficult people to engage with your practice. However, few people want to have bad breath so informing them about the ways they can prevent it may be a brilliant marketing strategy.
There are a number of ways people can help reduce bad breath. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning your tongue as well as your teeth are two simple ways to reduce bacteria in your mouth.