Many people are afflicted with having bad breath in the morning and struggle to eliminate it on a regular basis. So what causes bad morning breath and how can you eliminate bad breath in the morning?
Often times, bad breath in the morning is caused by a build-up of bacteria in your mouth, which can cause inflammation and give off odors and gases. It is important to note that about 80% of bad breath is from an oral source. One cause of bad morning breath can come from cavities or gum disease. Tonsils that have trapped food particles can also be a culprit as well as cracked fillings and less than clean dentures.
In addition to poor oral health, there are medical conditions that can be the culprit of bad breath. Some of these medical conditions include diabetes, liver disease, respiratory infections, and chronic bronchitis. Make sure to consult with your physician to rule out things such as acid reflux, postnasal drip, and other causes of chronic dry mouth.
If you have eliminated medical causes for your bad breath make sure that you keep up with your regularly scheduled dentist appointments. Make sure you see your dental professional every 6 months or at least once a year.
Having good oral hygiene is the key to combating bad breath. Make sure to brush and floss after every meal to help reduce the bacteria in your mouth that causes bad breath. A regular toothbrush will be fine, but an electronic one is better because they have a 2 minute timer installed and they distribute a uniform motion which can help remove plaque better.
Using a mouth wash may help, but make sure to get one that helps prevent cavities and reduces bacteria that causes plaque and fights bad breath. These antiseptic ones are better than the cosmetic rinses that just freshen the breath.
What you eat can affect more than how you feel, it can influence your morning breath. This is because food if ingested and digested into your blood stream and then expelled from your lungs when you breathe.
To help combat bad morning breath, eat a healthy and balanced diet. Following some diets such as those that require you to fast can give you bad breath in the morning. Snack on raw carrots, celery, or apples and avoid foods such as garlic, onions, and other spicy foods.
Drinking water regularly can help rinse your mouth throughout the day and therefore keep bacteria and food particles from remaining trapped between your teeth. Even drinking milk can help deodorize your mouth.
Coffee can be difficult smell to get off the back of your tongue so try switching to a green or herbal tea.
Smoking of any kind can make your breath smell particularly bad and some people carry the odors from smoking more than others.
Alcohol consumption can lead to dry mouth and drinking too much alcohol in general can make your mouth smell bad for up to 10 hours after your last drink.
Chewing sugarless gum 20 minutes after a meal can increase saliva flow, which helps rinse the mouth of bacteria and food particles.
While breath mints may mask the mouth odors for a while they do nothing to remove the smelly bacteria. In fact, they usually have sugar that can sit on your teeth and make the problem worse.
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