why is my breath so bad in the morning
The unpleasantness of morning breath leads you to quickly cover your mouth when you pass your loved ones in the morning. You realize no amount of brushing, flossing, or mouthwash the night before seems to mask the overwhelming odor from your mouth when you wake up. Getting out of bed with bad breath, halitosis, in the morning is fairly common as our mouth goes into a Бrest and digestБ mode overnight. Up to 80 million people, according to the, suffer from bad breath that is ever-present, while millions of Americans suffer from bad breath in limited situations such as in the morning or after eating pungent food. People who suffer from dry mouth often due to taking certain medications or mouth breathers are more prone to morning breath. Those with poor oral hygiene will also suffer from bad breath more readily than those with good oral hygiene, of course. Bad breath in the morning is mostly attributed to a lack of saliva. БDuring the day, your mouth produces a significant amount of saliva, but while you sleep, saliva production goes down,Бб, a cosmetic dentist and past president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry in Atlanta, Ga. , toldб
Medical Daily б in an email. Saliva is critical for sweeping away the food particles that would otherwise linger and collect bacteria. A decrease in saliva production increases the likelihood of dry mouth. Б[This] allows bacteria to grow and produce volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs), which is what smells bad,Бб , dentists at Helm Nejad Stanleyб Бб Dentistry in Beverly Hills, Calif. , toldб Medical Daily б in an email. Bacteria munches on compounds, proteins, amino acids, and leftover foods that are stuck in your mouth and teeth to produce these VSCs, which causes the bad odor. The way you sleep can also affect the intensity and frequency of morning breath.
Snoring or breathing through the mouth at night can increase the likelihood of bad breath. Most mouth breathers sleep with their mouth open, causing their mouth to get dryer and therefore letting breath-causing bacteria flourish. Basically, Бany time you reduce saliva in the mouth, you reduce the mouthБs ability to fight the bacteria that causes the bad breath,Б Flax said. While bad breath has nothing to do with age, the bacteria that causes bad breath may have several health implications. These implications are secondary to dental health complications. Typically, according to Nejad and Stanley, the first cause of bad breath is periodontal issues such as gingivitis and periodontitis, which have been proven to be involved with heart disease and stroke. б This suggests your oral health is strongly connected to other health conditions, also known as the mouth-body connection or the oral-systemic link. БThe toxins from oral bacterial are released into your blood stream and can possibly inflict mayhem on other parts of your body,Б Flax said. This has been linked to serious health risks including but not limited to cardiovascular disease, oral cancer, and AlzheimerБs. Although there is no outright, foolproof prevention for morning breath, there are things you can do to reduce its affect. Brushing, flossing, and scraping your tongue before bed helps clean out the mouth and get rid of food particles so the bacteria have less БfoodБ to munch on. The first step to evaluating if you have bad breath is to see if you have it. Flax recommends doing a visual test by using a mirror to view the back of your tongue. БA pink shiny tongue indicates fresh breath, but if your tongue has a thick white film, it is likely that you have bad breath,Б he said.
Another method is to lick your (clean) wrist. Let it dry for a few seconds, and then smell your wrist. If you detect an odor, according to Flax, it is an indicator that you have bad breath. A simple and commonly employed method is to use a soft bristle toothbrush, tongue scraper, or the edge of a spoon to gently clean your tongue. This is to prevent your tongue from being a hotbed of bacteria. It is less likely the bacteria will harbor in your mouth. The above methods are not meant to replace a dentist visit. You can request your dentist to perform a quick, easy, and painless test of the bacteria in your mouth to determine if you have bad breath. Until then, stay fresh and keep smiling. Approximately 35% of people have a chronic, bad breath condition - This usually leads them to seek help from a professional. The professional may or may not be able to help them. These people have bad breath concerns 24 hours a day which include dry mouth, taste disorders and morning breath. Another 35% of people have occasional bad breath - This means that their breath seems fresh throughout the day but they can easily reach chronic bad breath levels if they eat certain foods (dairy, alcohol, sugars), take certain medication (antihistamines, antidepressants, high blood pressure medication) or when they wake up - you know, morning breath. The remaining 30% of people rarely worry about their breath - This holds true except when they eat garlic or onions or when they wake up. Yes, morning breath again! So if you get morning breath after a good night s sleep, don t worry - you re definitely not alone! Everyone Gets Morning Breath Saliva is nature s way of protecting us from bad breath because healthy saliva contains high concentrations of oxygen, which is the natural enemy of anaerobic, bad breath bacteria.
Unfortunately, as we sleep throughout the night, our salivary glands slow down because our brain knows we are not eating. As a matter of fact, for many older people, the salivary glands shut down nearly completely. This slowdown or shutdown, combined with the constant flow of air over our palate when we snore or breathe through our mouths, makes for a very dry tongue, mouth and throat. These happen to be the breeding grounds of the anaerobic, sulfur-producing bacteria that cause bad breath and taste disorders - and without enough saliva to protect us, the bad breath bacteria thrive during the night. What most people don t know - and this includes most medical and dental professionals - is that morning breath is not something that you have to live with. How You Can Prevent Morning Breath Since we already know that we won t be able to produce enough natural saliva while we sleep, the key to preventing morning breath is to find another way to stop the bad breath bacteria from creating nasty odors while we are asleep. Fortunately, this is exactly what my TheraBreath formulas are designed to do. Right before bedtime, simply brush your teeth and tongue awith TheraBreath Oxygenating Toothpaste and then rinse with TheraBreath Oral Rinse. Follow up with a good 10 second gargle with the rinse - and then go confidentally to sleep. Studies show that our rinses and toothpaste freshen breath for over 12 hours! These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. These products are to help prevent morning breath!
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