Morning breath – we’ve all had it. You wake up and hold your breath as you kiss your partner good morning, hoping you somehow managed to save them from the less then appealing smell that has developed overnight. Have you ever wondered why this happens? The answer is more simple than you may have guessed.
Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is more likely to occur in the morning because your mouth dries up while you sleep throughout the night. This dry environment breeds odor-producing bacteria that causes bad breath. Individuals who snore or are “mouth breathers” are more likely to have dry mouth, leading to worse breath.
Certain medications can increase dry mouth, resulting in worse smelling morning breath. This often occurs to elderly folk. Smokers also experience this issue since tobacco reduces saliva production and increases your mouth’s natural temperature, making it an even better environment for the odor-producing bacteria to grow.
Preventing bad breath is simple. Be sure to avoid eating after brushing your teeth before bed. Brush for a full 2 minutes and be sure to scrape your tongue as well. Dentists agree that the majority of halitosis symptoms come from bacteria on the back of your tongue. And lastly, brushing is not enough, be sure to floss in between your teeth to rid your mouth of any additional bacteria.
If you have any questions regarding bad breath, feel free to give our Brooklyn Heights office a call to set up an appointment with one of our wonderful doctors.
Dr. Inna Trogan – DDS is experienced in cosmetic dentistry, periodontics, and general dentistry. An active member of the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Dental Association, Dr. Trogan continuously stays up-to-date on the latest state-of-the-art technologies and advances in dentistry. She takes personal pride in providing courteous and high quality professional treatment for all of her patients’ dental care needs.
Our dentists have served the residents of Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, DUMBO, and all of our other surrounding communities for years. They can be reached by phone, 718.246.5677 or at their office in 100 Pineapple Walk, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201. You can also book an appointment online.