What Causes Morning Breath? And How to Prevent It
The Causes of Morning Breath
Morning breath is gross. Not only does it taste and smell bad, but it can turn a good morning into a regretful night.
It’s unpleasant and embarrassing, and, if you suffer from it regularly, you probably want to eliminate it from your life.
We’re here to help.
Everyone suffers from morning breath from time-to-time. But, let’s explain a few reasons it might be happening far too often for you or someone you know:
- Dry Mouth
Saliva helps remove bacteria from our mouths throughout the day, but when we sleep, saliva production decreases and causes dry mouth. Dry mouth causes bacteria to fester and produce sulfur compounds that lead to bad breath or halitosis. Sleeping with your mouth open, taking certain medications, or using a CPAP mask can also cause mouths to dry out more often.
- Oral Hygiene
Removing food particles from crevices around your tongue, teeth, and gums is a vital part of proper oral hygiene. If you’re the type of person who prefers to ignore what your dentist tells you, those food particles could be a primary cause of morning breath and lead to further oral health problems down the line.
- Certain Foods
Besides the obvious bad breath producing food culprits like garlic and onions, highly acidic or sugary foods can also have a negative effect if left in your mouth all night, even after brushing.
Smoking causes a lot of health issues. Add dry mouth and potent breath to that list.
- Acid Reflux
With reflux and indigestion, the acid in your stomach can come up through your esophagus while you sleep. Not only does this acid burn, but it can also cause smelly breath.
Fortunately, there are solutions.
How To Prevent And Cure Morning Breath
Try adding these to your daily routine:
- Change Your Lifestyle
In the long term, this is the best thing you can do for a lot of ailments. A proper diet and oral hygiene practices can not only improve your life but reduce problems with morning breath.
- Brush Your Teeth & Floss
Your dentist wasn’t lying when they told you brushing your teeth was important. While asleep, leftover particles and bacteria inside our mouths can cause some serious damage. Brushing helps remove those particles, kill bad bacteria, and reduce bad breath.
- Use Mouthwash
Rinsing with mouthwash removes bacteria and leftover food particles from crevices that brushing alone can’t reach. But, not all mouthwashes are created equal. In fact, some can have a negative effect and cause further dry mouth and halitosis.
- Chew Sugar-Free Gum
Since time travel back to the night before isn’t possible (yet!), keep a pack of sugar-free gum in the nightstand next to your bed. Pop one or two of those in your mouth to kiss morning breath goodbye.
How SmartMouth Helps
SmartMouth products were designed by health professionals to improve oral hygiene. They remove VSCs (sulfur compounds that cause bad breath) and freshen breath for up to 12 hours.
So, whether it’s to impress the person you wake up next to or simply because you don’t want your mouth to taste gross, try SmartMouth Mouthwash, sugar-free gum, or other oral health products.