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Dentists Explain How To Deal With Your Morning Breath

Morning breath stinks, but it is prevalent. And why would it happen?

The saliva in your mouth decreases as you sleep, creating a hotbed for bacteria that causes those annoying morning smells.

Dr. Silvia Caldreon, DDS of LuxDen, says, “Morning breath is primarily a result of dry mouth while sleeping and poor oral hygiene habits, but can also be affected by other causes.”

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Other factors that cause morning breath are night snoring, oral respiration, smoking or marijuana, and medications.

But there is a way of breaking that cycle. Dr. Calderon explains how to get rid of the smell.

Stick To Your Tongue

Since bacterial colonization is the cause of poor breath, Dr. Alex Rubinov, a cosmetic dentist, says the key is to ensure that overall bacterial growth is reduced, both in the evening and in the morning.

Rubinov says, “I can’t emphasize enough the importance of using a tongue scraper when brushing your teeth.”

Drink Plenty Of Water

Dr. Calderon says you can’t figure it out, but dehydration can also contribute to morning breath.

She says, ”Stay hydrated by drinking a glass of water before and after sleeping, and enough throughout the day.”

Dr. Calderon suggests taking your body weight, dividing it in half, and then concentrating on getting at least a lot of ounces daily.

Include Peroxide In Your Nighttime Routine

If you use an aligner, teeth-grinding protectors, or orthodontic retainers at night, Dr. Angelique Freking recommends sleeping with whitecoat gel on your platter up to three times per month.

She says, “The active ingredient is peroxide, which kills bacteria. You will notice an obvious difference in the reduction of morning breath and a brightening effect!”

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Cavities May Be At Fault

In some cases, morning breath comes down to bad dental health.

Dr. Nick Ciardiello, a cosmetic dentist, says, “While cavities do not directly cause bad breath, they act as reservoirs that harbor bad bacteria that do.”

He says, “The best way to fight cavities at home is proper preventive care.”