The sound of your alarm just woke you up from a restful night’s sleep and you yawn, then the lingering odor escaping your mouth does not go unnoticed — that annoying morning breath.
Morning breath is unpleasant, especially if you are in bed with your partner, but you do not need to be ashamed. This article addresses the methods of preventing and treating morning breath.
What is morning breath?
Also known as halitosis, bad breath usually starts from the mouth, according to the American Dental Association. Morning breath is simply a type of bad breath. While you sleep, food particles build up between the teeth, tongue surface and around the gums. The bacteria in the mouth bind with this food debris and break them down into chemicals with a foul odor.
Causes of morning breath
The primary cause of morning breath is dry mouth. The saliva in the mouth is the natural cleanser that helps to get rid of the mouth bacteria responsible for morning breath. When you sleep, the production of saliva in the mouth diminishes, creating a breeding ground for bacteria.
Other common culprits of morning breath include smoking, alcohol consumption, poor diet, certain medications or oral conditions such as gum disease.
Preventing and treating morning breath
Bad breath, either that which happens in the morning or lingers throughout the day, can be treated with any of the following tips:
Keep yourself hydrated
Remember to drink water before going to bed at night. You can also keep a water bottle close by in case you wake up in the middle of the night thirsty.
Cut down on the smoke
Quitting smoking and the use of tobacco products can positively improve the condition of your health and prevent your mouth from smelling badly in the morning.
Watch what you eat
Try to avoid eating foods containing garlic and onions before going to bed. This applies to coffee, too — instead of taking coffee, drink water.
If you realize that odor is emanating from your mouth, your first line of action should be brushing your teeth. However, if you do not have your brush close by, you can use any of the following options to freshen your breath:
- Mouthwash: Washing your mouth with dental rinses that are antibacterial and antiseptic can help ensure the health of your gums, protect you against gingivitis and prevent bad breath
- Clean your tongue: With a tongue scraper, you can clean odor-causing bacteria away from your mouth
- Natural options: Natural solutions such as mint leaves, fennel seeds or parsley can neutralize bad breath
Morning breath can be embarrassing, and you can take proactive measures to correct it. The most important path to fresh breath is ensuring a healthy mouth. Maintaining adequate oral hygiene involves brushing twice daily and flossing to clean food debris from inaccessible areas.
Also, do not forget to keep up with your biannual dental appointments for deep cleaning and professional advice on maintaining pleasant breath.
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