Chances are you have experienced bad breath before, especially in the morning. But do you ever wonder why your breath is not so minty fresh in the morning?
Some people don’t know the have bad breathed. If many people around you always step back during a close conversation or and cover their nose, it might be a sign that you have bad breath. The people around you, are trying to be nice but take a hint, your breath smells bad. If you can relate then perhaps it is time to talk to your dentist about your bad breath. There is such a thing as a chronic bad breath or halitosis.
Your dentist can help you. Chronic bad breath is a result of bacteria that breaks down tiny pieces of organic material in your mouth. It then releasing volatile sulfur compounds, which as you can tell, can be pretty smelly. The smell will usually come from the back of the tongue. This is a rough surface in the mouth, which is made even rougher by constant shedding of dead cells. Did you know that because of this, it can attract up to 20 times more bacteria than any other soft tissue like your cheeks or lips?
At night when you sleep, your mouth will produce less saliva flow then the day, this is how bacteria will stick to the back of your tongue. This is the result of morning breath. You may wake up happy and smiling and ready for the day, but your breath needs cleaning first.
Here are some tips to help you avoid morning breath.
Visit your dentist often- Your dentist will be able to tell whether or not you suffer from chronic bad breath. If you do, they will look for possible causes and recommend a combination of multiple treatment possibilities.
Brush your teeth twice per day- and always brush your tongue.
Floss daily– this will remove food debris between the teeth, eliminating potential bacterial breeding grounds.
Drink plenty of water. It may help to keep a glass of water by your bedside at night if you feel your mouth is super-dry.
Chew sugar-free gum after meals. This stimulates saliva flow, good for washing away debris of food and dead cells from your mouth. It also has antibacterial properties.
See a hygienist regularly for thorough cleaning.