Good Morning, Sunshine! How’s Your Breath?Becky | October 12, 2013
NO NEED TO BE EMBARRASSED! Everyone experiences morning breath from time to time. Typically, your morning brushing routines get rid of morning breath. But some people wonder where morning breath comes from—and people wonder what to do if it continues throughout the day.
Morning Breath Is Primarily Caused By Dry Mouth
While general bad breath can have a variety of causes (diet, oral hygiene habits, even some systemic diseases), morning breath most often stems from dry mouth.
While you’re sleeping, saliva production slows. Your body does that to help you sleep—otherwise you’d be having to swallow all the time. Saliva is vital to your oral health because it rinses away food particles, makes your mouth less acidic, and helps keep mouth bacteria in check.
So when saliva stops doing its thing during sleep, the bacteria goes wild! This creates a massive amount of sulphur gas buildup that stinks! Pretty Gross, right? That’s another reason why it’s important to brush our teeth before bed—it helps at least start out our sleep period with minimal sugars and bacteria in our mouths. And your sleeping partner will thank you!
More Interesting Info About Bad Breath
Tips For Tackling Morning Breath
1. ALWAYS brush your teeth (and tongue) before going to sleep.
2. Drink some water before you go to bed, and right after you wake up.
3. Clear your sinuses. Breathing through the nose helps some people not dry out as much.
But What If Morning Breath Lasts Beyond The Morning?
If you have chronic bad breath, ask yourself if you’re up-to-date with your regular dental check-ups. Sometimes a good cleaning from one of our hygienists can help. But even more important, bad breath can actually be a symptom of more severe problems like gum disease or tooth decay, which is something we’ll definitely want to consider.
Questions? Just Ask!
We know that it can be an awkward conversation, but if you’re worried about bad breath, let us know. Our goal is always to help you in every way we can!
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