Most people experience unpleasant breath at some point in their lives. In fact, it’s quite common for your mouth to smell less than pleasant when you wake in the morning. Your saliva production slows down considerably when you sleep, and without your mouth’s natural rinse, the bacteria that contribute to bad breath are able to gather and release their awful-smelling gases (volatile sulfur compounds). To help you face your day with the confidence of a fresh mouth, we offer a bit of advice for eliminating your morning breath so that it doesn’t follow you throughout your day.
The Fight Against Morning Breath
Chances are, you know that brushing your teeth in the morning is essential to eliminate morning breath, but brushing and flossing your teeth before bed is also vital. Bad breath is largely a product of bacteria in your mouth releasing foul-smelling gases during metabolization. Cleaning your mouth before bed inhibits bacteria accumulation by clearing away dental plaque and the food debris that germs feed on.
Before brushing your teeth in the morning, eat a well-balanced breakfast. Eating stimulates your saliva production, which is reduced during sleep. Saliva helps protect your teeth against decay and rinses food and plaque from your mouth. Chewing sugarless gum once or twice a day can have the same beneficial effects.
Stay hydrated. Bad breath bacteria are anaerobic, meaning they are oxygen-less. Drinking plenty of water and ensuring a good saliva flow helps oxygenize and eliminate these germs. Avoid sugary or acidic drinks, which can feed bacteria and hasten the process of tooth decay
If bad continues in spite of your efforts to control, there may be an underlying oral or systemic health issue that needs attention. To protect your oral health, schedule a dental visit as soon as possible.
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At Redmond Dental Care, Yum Sang DDS enjoys providing preventive, restorative, cosmetic, and biomimetic dentistry for a multitude of patients living in and around Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, Sammamish, and the surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, contact us at (425) 883-2100.
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