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This One Thing Will Make Your Morning Breath Worse

According to doctors, everyone wakes up with morning breath, and there is a scientific reason behind the cause. However, some people have worse breath than others, which might be due to what you’re doing in your sleep.


Doctors List the Common Causes of Morning Breath

Doctors have long known many of the common causes of bad breath, including:

  • Poor Oral Hygiene
  • Dehydration
  • Eating Strong-Smelling Foods
  • Drinking Alcohol
  • Dry Mouth

Everyone has nasty morning breath, but for some people, it is worse than others. For those with excessively foul morning breath, the solution is to eliminate and/or minimize any of these potential causes.

Dentist Says Major Cause of Morning Breath Happens During Sleep

In addition to all the causes of morning breath listed above, one dentist said there is one major factor behind morning breath and it’s something we do in our sleep.

“Sleeping with your mouth open,” Doctor Richard Marques told Metro.

Dr. Marques says this leads the saliva in the mouth to dry up. When this happens, bacteria will “stick to your teeth and gums,” instead of being washed away. Therefore, your breath smells worse when you wake up.

Some people breathe through their mouth due to nasal congestion. Dr. Marques recommends people try using nasal decongestants to help facilitate breathing through your nose instead of your mouth.

Dennis also says using a tongue scraper can help prevent bacterial buildup and “keep your tongue clean.”


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Dr. Marques states that people who have problems with strong morning breath should stick to essentials such as staying hydrated, and consuming a healthy and balanced diet while maintaining a “good level of oral hygiene.”

Lastly, Dr. Marques warns: “If bad breath persists and extends long after the morning for a number of weeks, this could be a sign of health issues that need medical attention, such as problems with your teeth or gums that could become disease, cavities, and infections.”

“Regular trips to the dentist can prevent issues from going unnoticed and prevent long-term bad breath,” the dentist added.

6 Steps for Improving Oral Hygiene

Here are six things to make sure are included in your oral health routine.

1. Rinse Your Mouth With Water Immediately Following a Meal.

This helps remove food residue, which can prevent bacterial growth. Repeat three times and swish thoroughly, making sure the water makes contact with all of your teeth.

2. Use Hydrogen Peroxide as Mouthwash.

Hydrogen peroxide helps disinfect your mouth. As a bonus, it’s also a mild bleaching agent that will naturally whiten teeth.

3. Supplement Oral Probiotics.

There are both bad and good bacteria in our mouths. Alcohol-based mouthwash can kill them both. Therefore, using oral probiotics as a supplement can help.

4. Try Flossing in Two Shifts

Maintaining a flossing routine can be difficult for people. One method for making it easier is doing it in two sessions instead of one. In the morning, floss half of your teeth. Floss the other half at night.

5. Use a Tongue Scraper

Use a tongue scraper daily to remove bacteria from your tongue that contributes to bad breath.

6. Wait 30 Minutes After Consuming Acidic Beverages Before Brushing

Beverages such as juices or sodas contain acid that lowers the pH in your mouth, making it more acidic. This makes your tooth enamel susceptible to removal during brushing. Instead, wait at least 30 minutes after drinking acidic beverages before you brush.