Though we all deal with morning breath, being subjected to someone else’s is typically insulting. Out of courtesy to others, as well as personal hygiene, you should brush your teeth every morning before starting your day. Unfortunately, brushing and flossing may not always rid your mouth of its morning foulness. Miami dentist Dr. Arun Garg explains why eating a well-balanced breakfast can rid you of your morning breath’s shadow, and help you maintain your good oral health, as well.
A Compound Problem
Many factors can contribute to persistent bad breath (halitosis). Some illnesses, certain medications, and particular habits (i.e., tobacco and/or alcohol consumption) can inhibit your mouth’s production of saliva. The resulting dry mouth syndrome (xerostomia) can also lead to malodorous breath. Saliva is needed to moisten and cleanse the mouth; it helps reduce your risk of tooth decay by neutralizing acids, and rinses away loose plaque, food debris, and dead cells that can accumulate on the tongue, cheeks, and gums.
Bacteria are also a well-known cause of bad breath. Certain anaerobic (oxygen-less) germs produce volatile sulfur compounds as a product of metabolization. Your saliva, which is rich in oxygen, also helps eliminate these bacteria and inhibit their gas production.
The Most Important Meal of the Day
When you sleep, your saliva production naturally slows. If you breathe with your mouth open at night (mouth-breathing), your mouth can dry out quicker and more severely. Aside from the many health benefits that breakfast can provide, eating in the morning stimulates your saliva production, and when followed by thoroughly brushing and flossing your teeth, can help rid your mouth of the night’s odor.
Eating a well-balanced breakfast also helps regulate your blood sugar. A study conducted at Florida State University suggests that low blood sugar can affect your ability to make reasonable decisions and resist temptation. Skipping breakfast means you will likely feel hungry soon after, and will be more willing to snack on something convenient, but detrimental to your oral and physical health.
Call Miami Family Dentist
If your halitosis persists even after you’ve begun routinely eating breakfast, schedule a consultation with your Miami general dentist. Contact the Center for Complete Dentistry by calling 305-935-4991, or visit our website to schedule your appointment online. Located in the 33180 area, we proudly serve patients from Miami, Highland Lakes, North Miami Beach, and the surrounding communities.