We are all familiar with it. You wake up in the morning after a long, peaceful sleep. It doesn’t take you long for you to notice a familiar taste accompanied by the smell coming from your mouth. You have morning breath. Even though many feel embarrassed about it, everyone experiences it from time to time. But have you ever wondered about the cause? Continue reading to learn more about the reason behind morning breath as well as what you can do about it from your dentist in Newtown.
What Are the Causes of Morning Breath?
Morning breath typically begins with the bacteria in your mouth. When you sleep, bacteria break down the food particles between your teeth, along your gumline, and on your tongue. This creates a foul smell in your mouth. Here are some things that can contribute to this unpleasant awakening:
- Food: Some foods are more prone to cause bad breath than others. If you like to add flavor to your food using garlic, onions, and different spices, you are probably especially familiar with having bad breath right after meals and even the next morning.
- Poor Oral Care: If you aren’t brushing and flossing before bed, you are leaving more food debris in your mouth to be broken down, leaving you with bad breath when you wake up in the morning.
- Dry Mouth: When you sleep, your mouth isn’t producing as much saliva. This means that less bacteria are being washed away and more of it grows in your mouth. This significantly contributes to bad breath.
- Smoking: People who smoke tobacco products are at higher risk of gum disease. This means more bacteria in the mouth and worse breath.
How Can You Fight Back Against Morning Breath?
Fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent and reduce morning breath. Here are a few of them:
- Drink Water: By staying hydrated, you can reduce dry mouth and wash away more food debris and bacteria, therefore preventing morning breath.
- Avoid Smelly Foods: Avoiding strong-smelling foods before bed helps to prevent bad breath when you wake up.
- Quit Smoking: Cutting back or eliminating tobacco usage can reduce morning breath. Talk to your doctor, friends, and family about the best ways you can quit.
- Use Mouthwash: Using an antiseptic mouthwash helps to kill the bacteria in your mouth that causes bad breath and gingivitis. However, choosing a mouth rinse that contains alcohol can cause your mouth to dry out, making bad breath worse. Look for one that is alcohol-free.
- Sugar-Free Gum: Chewing sugarless gum increases saliva production and leaves your mouth feeling fresh.
Morning breath is unpleasant, but you don’t need to live with it! Take these steps to reduce bad breath in the morning as well as prevent it from occurring in the first place.
About the Practice
The Dentists of Newtown consists of a group of general dentists, oral surgeons, periodontists, orthodontists, and an endodontist so that patients can get anything they need in one convenient location in Newtown, PA. Often times, even on the same day! If you are struggling with halitosis, also known as bad breath, the team would be happy to help. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit their website or call (215) 579-9900.