What to Do About Morning Breath

mornbreath1About 65 percent of Americans have some degree of “morning breath.” That’s because when we sleep, our saliva flow decreases, which causes odor-producing bacteria to proliferate.

Here are some other things that increase the likelihood you will wake up with bad breath:

  • Snoring or breathing through your mouth when you sleep
  • Taking medications that cause your mouth to become dry overnight
  • Smoking, which not only causes your saliva — your natural mouth rinse — to dry up but also can raise the temperature of your mouth, making it a breeding ground for the bacteria that causes bad breath
  • Allergies, which can cause mucus to drip down the back of your throat where it becomes a food source for bacteria

Some things you can do to treat morning breath:

  • Brush your teeth for at least two minutes, at least twice a day; brush immediately before going to bed
  • Brush your tongue—it’s the source of 85 percent of bad breath; or use a tongue cleanser
  • Floss every day; it is just as important as brushing your teeth
  • Use mouthwash and rinse for at least 30 seconds to be sure you kill the bacteria

If you are looking for a dentist in the Troy and Birmingham area who utilizes the latest dental techniques and technology, be sure to check out Dr. Douglas Angell. Angell’s Dentistry is committed to providing each of our patients with a beautiful, healthy smile and unmatched dental care. Be sure to visit our website at: www.angellsdentistry.com.

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