Why Do We Have Morning Breath?
Why Do We Have Morning Breath?
It’s something that patients ask us often, “Why do we have morning breath?”
Everybody has morning breath to some degree.
If you sleep, the normal flow of saliva decreases so your mouth dries out, which then favors the proliferation of odor-causing bacteria. Thus, your breath can have an unpleasant smell — bad breath or
Halitosis — when you wake up in the morning.
Also, you will most likely have bad breath in the morning if you breathe or snore through your mouth at night. In both scenarios, your mouth will be prone to drying out, giving bacteria an opportunity to grow and multiply.
Other Common Causes of Bad Breath
Why Medications Cause Bad Breath
There are some medications that can cause your mouth to dry out, which can worsen your halitosis. It is for this reason that elderly people who are on medications often find their breath unpleasant in the morning.
Allergies can also lead to halitosis. The mucus dripping down at the back of your throat will become a source of food for bacteria. And when your postnasal drip becomes infected, more odor-causing bacteria can proliferate in your mouth.
People who smoke might find they have bad breath in the morning. Smoking will cause your saliva to dry up, as well as raise the temperature of your mouth, which makes it a good breeding ground for odor-causing bacteria.
Dr. Rudi’s Tips for Treating Bad Breath
Bad breath is treatable. So if you have bad breath, here are some ways to get back to having fresh breath.
Brush your teeth and tongue
Practicing good dental hygiene will prevent odor-causing bacteria from accumulating on your tongue and between your teeth. When brushing your teeth, make sure to do so for a minimum of two minutes. And after brushing, you should go directly to your bed. Avoid drinking or eating anything.
Don’t forget to brush your tongue as well. Another favorite breeding ground for bacteria is the back of your tongue. If you brush your tongue before going to bed, you will notice that your breath is fresher in the morning.
Food particles will not be totally removed by brushing alone. Food debris stuck between your gums and teeth can only be removed through flossing. So you must floss at least once daily, preferably before going to bed.
Rinse with mouthwash
Rinsing your mouth with a mouthwash will eradicate the odor, but only temporarily. Dental professionals suggest that you use a mouthwash with a seal of approval from the American Dental Association.
Similar to brushing, a quick swish is not enough. When the directions say you should rinse for 30 seconds, you must rinse for 30 seconds. The mouthwash must be in your mouth long enough to kill the odor-causing bacteria. Rinsing for five to 10 seconds only won’t be effective. The key here is to follow the directions. In some cases where patients re suffering from gum disease or other infections a prescription mouth was is necessary.
Bad breath happens to everyone, but this does not necessarily mean that nothing can be done to make your breath fresh. A reputable dentist in Dublin, Ohio emphasizes that if you practice proper dental hygiene, bad breath can be prevented. Contact us for more information about bad breath and begin taking steps to have better oral health and fresher breath every morning.