Nobody’s breath smells perfectly minty fresh when they wake up, but some morning breath is better than others.
The good news is that a dentist says there are things you can do to make bad morning breath better.
Dr Richard Marques tells Metro.co.uk that there are four common causes of bad breath when you wake up.
These four key culprits are poor oral hygiene routines, dehydration, eating or drinking strong-selling foods or liquids, and a dry mouth.
He adds: ‘A dry mouth caused by sleeping with your mouth open is the most common factor in bad morning breath specifically.
‘This is due to the saliva in the mouth drying up, meaning that bacteria can stick to your teeth and gums rather than being washed away – causing it to fester and cause bad breath when waking.’
How to make your morning breath better
There’s a range of things that you can do to give your morning breath a boost.
‘Using tools to prevent mouth breathing at night and encourage nasal breathing, such as nasal decongestants and sprays, can help improve morning breath,’ recommends Dr Richard.
‘Other dental tools such as a tongue scraper prevent bacteria build-up and keep your tongue clean. Most importantly, ensuring that a good level of oral hygiene is maintained is crucial to avoid bad-smelling breath.’
This means brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing regularly, and using mouthwash.
‘Staying hydrated to decrease the chances of a dry mouth is encouraged,’ adds Dr Richard, ‘as well as a healthy, well-balanced diet.’
He continues: ‘If bad breath persists and extends long after the morning for a number of weeks, this could be a sign of health issues that need medical attention such as problems with your teeth or gums that could be gum disease, cavities, and infections.
‘Regular trips to the dentist can prevent issues from going unnoticed and prevent long-term bad breath.’
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