Why Does Morning Breath Smell SO Bad?


kiss.jpgMorning breath can be embarrassing. There is something a bit awkward in waking up and feeling like you need to go brush your teeth before saying good morning to your boyfriend in bed. Having bad breath can make you feel self conscious, but it is reported that 95% of people have morning breath. So what causes morning breath and is there anything you can do to prevent it?

When you sleep there is a decrease in the flow of saliva, which creates dry mouth. Breathing in through your mouth while you sleep increases dry mouth and also causes the saliva you produce to thicken. Due to this, people that sleep with their mouths open are more likely to develop morning breath.

Relaxation of the jaw and neck muscles also aid in the development of morning breath. This relaxation causes the tongue to go towards the back of the mouth which carries with it bacteria. The bacteria spread throughout the mouth and throat. In a dry environment with bacteria spreading morning breath can develop more easily.


Now what can you do about it?


First, practicing oral hygiene daily with brushing twice a day or after meals can help. Using a tongue scraper, flossing and using a mouthwash rinse are all ways to make sure that your mouth is clean and free of any excess bacteria in the mouth. Second, blowing your nose has been found to be helpful as it allows more oxygen to be delivered to into the nasal cavity. Sinus drops may assist in clearing this passage way and to increase oxygen flow.


There are also tablets you can use that are oxygen-rich and can kill off some of the bacteria in your throat. This can be done both before you go to bed and when you wake up. However, bacteria serve important purposes in the body and killing off too much may cause more harm than good. As we have been learning throughout the semester in class, decisions of risk need to be evaluated; is getting rid of your morning breath worth the possible harm you can be inflicting on your body? You decide!


Thanks for the explanation. This is kind of an awkward problem. Unfortunately, I've been stricken with not being able to breathe too well through my nose (which has been broken a few times), so I'm a mouth breather. The only problem with all the suggested methods is that you can't always get all the bacteria out of your mouth. This article explains that there are over 100 million bacteria per milliliter of saliva from over 600 different species. I guess it goes without saying that you can't possibly get them all.

Though some of us suffer from morning breath some of us may have ( or know someone ) who suffers from halitosis.Halitosis is chronic bad breath. Poor oral care, improper care of dentures, and periodontal disease are some of the ways we can get halitosis. Due to this condition morning breath is even worse than normal. As embarassing as this may be, there is a cure, similar to that of morning breath.
Your dentist can best treat this condition. Beware bad breath can also be an effect of respiratory infections.

Funny post! This is something that many people don't like to bring up. I wonder if there are actually any implications that bad "morning breath" has on people's lives. I wouldn't be surprised if people shied away from a dating life for fear of waking up next to somebody with bad breath. The methods your posts talk about and the steps you can take to overcome the morning breath would be a good fix. The next thing that would need to be overcome for a perfect night sleep with a partner would be snoring!

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