Why Does My Breath
Smell in the Morning?
April 25, 2018
At Armbrust Dental, we strive to provide comprehensive dental care for the whole family throughout the Omaha area. Dr. Henley and the rest of our friendly team encourage our patients to ask questions they have about their oral health and anything unusual they notice. One of the most common questions we receive is:
Why do I have bad breath in the morning?
So if you have foul breath in the morning, you’re not alone. Most of us experience varying degrees of morning breath. Here’s why many of us are plagued by this common condition! But don’t fret; there are a few ways you can limit its effects.
What Causes Bad Breath In the Morning?
When you sleep, your flow of saliva decreases and your mouth dries out. This means there is less saliva to protect your mouth from the growth of bad bacteria. These bacteria often smell, which is why your breath smells when you wake up.
What Makes Morning Breath Worse?
Although everyone experiences morning breath from time to time, certain things make it even more foul-smelling!
Snoring and/or breathing through your mouth at night, which dry out the mouth even more
Certain medications can also cause your mouth to dry out, worsening your breath
Additionally, smoking creates an environment in your mouth that allows odor-causing bacteria to thrive
How Can I Prevent Morning Breath?
While you may not be able to prevent morning breath entirely, there are plenty of steps you can take to manage it:
Brush your teeth for two minutes before you go to bed to clean out bad bacteria that accumulated in your mouth throughout the day
Brush your tongue, too, and you’ll see that your breath is fresher
Don’t forget to floss, as this will remove food particles that get stuck in between your teeth
Also, consider using a mouthwash to freshen breath
If you have any additional questions about morning breath or want to schedule your next visit to our office, call us today!