When you wake up in the morning, are you greeted by a smell that is less than pleasant? Do you find yourself rushing to brush your teeth in the morning, just to get rid of the bad smell coming from your mouth? Morning breath is even more bothersome and embarrassing when you think of how your partner will react when he or she smells what your breath is like upon waking up.
Bad breath in the morning (or morning breath) can actually occur in times other than mornings – especially in instances of extended sleep, when the mouth is rendered inactive for a long period of time. When the mouth is inactive (due to sleep), the flow of saliva slows down, or can even stop completely for a period of time; the slowed down saliva flow leads to decreased removal of bacteria from the mouth. The presence of bacteria contributes to the bad breath emanating from the mouth upon waking up.
The decrease in saliva production and flow when sleeping can also result to the thickening of the mucus, which can in turn get stuck at the back of the throat – an area which is very hard to clean by regular tooth brushing alone. The bacteria that can grow along with the mucus produce volatile sulphur compounds – the origins of bad breath.
Ways to Prevent Morning Breath
Brush your teeth, and scrape your tongue, before going to sleep. You can ask your dentist for tongue scraper recommendations, but you can also use your toothbrush to clean your tongue if a scraper is not readily available.
Go for regular dental checkups which will enable your dentist to monitor your dental health, so bad breath (and other dental problems) can be prevented or treated immediately.
Avoid eating food items that have strong smells for dinner, as these may still affect how the breath smells in the morning – especially with the inactivity of the mouth during sleep.
Use dental floss to clean the remove food particles from in between teeth, which can cause bacteria and bad breath to develop. Using an antibacterial mouthwash before going to sleep can also reduce the risk of having bad morning breath.
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