Why Breast Implants Can Give You Bad Breath

MakenzieR on 10 Feb 2012 at 1:30pm

breast implants bad breathWhen you get breast implants, a tummy tuck, a facelift, or other invasive surgeries on the front of your body, you typically are told to sleep on your back in a "recliner" position for at least two weeks or longer. What they don't tell you in the post-op instructions is that you may need to keep some breath mints on the bedside table -- apparently back sleeping can worsen your morning breath.

According to the folks over at Daily Beauty "sleeping on your back forces gravity to pull the jaw downward, causing you to breathe through your mouth, rather than your nose. When this happens, saliva production is slowed."

Why does this affect breath stench? Because "saliva is the natural cleanser in the mouth that rinses away the bad bacteria," said cosmetic dentist Dr. Irwin Smigel

By all means, listen to your surgeon's instructions and sleep however they tell you to post-op. But in light of this news, perhaps a few tins of Altoids should be added to the pre-op shopping list. Whoever is kind enough to take care of you while you're healing will likely thank you for it!

(Of course once you can flip over to your tummy or side again, then there's the worry about worsening facial wrinkles from pillow-age. A girl just can't win!)

Do you (or your S.O.) notice a breath scent difference depending on how you sleep?

Photo credit: © Darrin Henry/Deposit

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I do remember my hubby mentioning something about my breath during recovery.  If I remember correctly he said something like "Funk Breath" and here suck on this.    At least I think it was a mint but who knows because I was in a Vicodin coma.

Maybe doctors should hand the mints out as part of the post op recovery kits.

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LOL Kimmers! My bf was probably felt too bad to say anything. 

As someone who is still in the "sleeping propped on my back" part of recovery, I have to say I paid attention as I slept and woke last night and didn't feel like my mouth was hanging open. Think it depends on the angle, probably. 

I'll pose the question to the bf later and see what he says. I've definitely made him take a mint in the morning, so let's hope he feels he can be honest ;)

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Hmmm...in all my dental endeavors I can't say I have ever heard this before but the mouth breathing theory makes sense. I wonder if using a travel pillow to keep your head from tilting back so much could reduce it?

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Daily Beauty also says that sleeping with a mouth guard will help, because it repositions your jaw and tongue (I think) to keep you from opening your mouth.

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Huh, well I guess that would depend on the style of mouth guard. A lot of the simpler ones to help with tooth grinding just fit over the upper teeth, so I don't really see how that would be the case with those...having to sleep propped up with a full mouth guard in sounds like it would make for a long couple of weeks if you ask me!

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