Good Morning, Breath…

You wake up in the morning, give yourself a good stretch and break into the first yawn of the day. Then it hits you: that horrible morning breath, amplified by a nasty taste in your mouth.

Foul morning breath can be caused by many factors, such as the consumption of alcohol before going to bed, and falling asleep shortly after eating, without brushing your teeth and cleaning your mouth. Another cause of morning breath is the reduced amount of saliva in your mouth when you sleep. Reduced saliva means reduced removal of bacteria and less oxygen circulation in the mouth. This creates a breeding ground for bacteria. People who are on a diet may also exhibit signs of bad breath, as infrequent eating means less chewing and less salivary flow.

Like most muscles in our body, the tongue relaxes when we sleep, usually by resting and falling back to the throat. This allows bacteria to spread around the tongue, leaving your tongue with a white or yellowish coating.

Bad breath is caused and exacerbated by a lot of things. People who do not practice good oral hygiene and those who smoke are the easiest targets for halitosis. Those with gum diseases are consequently more prone to bad breath. This becomes more noticeable in the morning. People on medications who suffer from dry mouth are sometimes prescribed artificial saliva, sugarless candies and chewing gums and are advised to increase fluid intakes.

Make a habit of brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing and cleaning your tongue. Avoid alcoholic drinks and foods that may worsen the condition. Drink lots of water to keep your mouth clean and moist. Removable dentures and braces should be thoroughly cleaned at least once a day. Beat bad breath through regular dental visits and professional cleanings.

For more tips on how to beat bad breath, contact a dentist in Cape Town.





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