Why Do I Have Bad Breath In The Morning?

 

bad breath houston, tx royal dental usaHave you ever wondered why your breath is worse in the mornings? Keep reading to learn more about what causes bad breath (also known as halitosis) and what you can do to prevent embarrassment.

The Causes Of Bad Breath

There are a number of things that can cause bad breath. Common culprits include:

  • Dry mouth: Saliva keeps your mouth clean, washes away particles, and kills bacteria that can cause odors, but when your mouth gets dry, those bacteria remain and can leave you with bad breath. This is the main reason people have bad breath in the mornings. When you’re sleeping, you go multiple hours without drinking any water and saliva production slows down. Your mouth gets dry and the bacteria that remain leave you with bad breath.
  • Foods: Any food that gets caught in your mouth and stays there too long will cause bad breath, but foods with garlic and onions almost always leave you with bad breath after eating.
  • Infection: If you don’t keep your mouth clean, the bacteria in plaque can cause infection in your gums. This infection can lead to lots of problems, but one of those problems is bad breath. If you have persistent bad breath, it could be a sign of gum disease.
  • Tobacco Products: This is pretty obvious, but smoking,

Preventing Bad Breath

One simple way to handle bad breath is to use mints or gum. This helps prevent your mouth from drying out and masks the bad breath.  However, since most bad breath is caused by bacteria, the best way to avoid bad breath is to keep your mouth clean. Brush your teeth after each meal, floss every single day, and use a bacteria-killing mouthwash.

There isn’t a lot you can do about bad breath first thing in the morning, but you can keep water near your bed so that you can rinse your mouth out as soon as you wake up.

If you’ve noticed that persistent bad breath is a problem, it is important to check in with your dentist to see if there is a larger problem. Contact Royal Dental to learn more about protecting your mouth.

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