Why do we have morning breath?

Have you ever wondered why your breath is not so pleasant in the mornings? Learn about the most common causes of halitosis (bad breath) and what we can do to combat that sour morning breath.

Is this a familiar scenario? You wake up in the morning and quickly cover your mouth with your hand so your partner doesn’t catch a whiff of your bad breath. Morning breath can be unpleasant and probably isn’t the way you want to greet your partner, or the day.

Everyone has morning breath to some degree. The simple reason why is because when you sleep, your mouth dries out. When your mouth dries out, odour-producing bacteria multiply. When you sleep, your normal flow of saliva decreases and this is why your breath can be worse in the morning.

Snoring or breathing through your mouth whilst sleeping makes you more likely to have bad breath in the morning. This is because both situations, your mouth is prone to drying out even more, setting a good place for the bacteria to grow.

Other Causes of Bad Breath

Certain types of medication can cause your mouth to become dry overnight, making your morning breath worse. This can be why older people, who are quite often on lots of different medications, frequently find their breath to be unpleasant in the morning.

Smokers can often find they wake up to bad morning breath. This is because smoking not only causes saliva, your natural mouth rinse, to dry up but it can also raise the temperature of your mouth, making it a perfect breeding ground for the bacteria that causes bad breath.

Allergies can also lead to bad breath. This is due to the mucous that drips down the back of your throat, becomes a source of food for bacteria. If your postnasal drip becomes infected, it can put more odor causing bacteria into your mouth.


How to treat bad breath

If you do suffer from bad breath, don’t worry, it is treatable.

Brush: Odour-causing bacteria accumulate between your teeth and on your tongue, so practicing good dental hygiene will do a lot to improve your morning breath.When you brush, be sure to do so for at least two minutes, longer if possible.After you brush, don’t eat anything. This is because the food will sit in your mouth causing bad breath. Be sure to brush your tongue too, doing this can reduce the dreaded morning breath.

Floss: Flossing removes any food particles from inbetween the teeth which can be another breeding ground for bacteria.

Mouthwash: A quick swish won’t do it. If the directions say rinse for 30 seconds, then rinse for 30 seconds. The mouth rinse has to be in there long enough to kill the bacteria. Rinse for five to ten seconds, you’re not getting the full effect. The trick is you have to follow directions.

If you think you have bad breath and don’t know how to manage it why not speak to our team at Oxley Park Dental Practice. We can help you!