Wouldn’t life be great if it were like a cartoon or a movie? You wake up in the morning feeling great, singing a song while bluebirds place flowers on your window sill. But many people get up after hitting the snooze bar multiple times, dreading the day ahead and with a bad taste and smell lingering in their mouth. It’s called morning breath, and while you may not know you have it, your spouse or partner may know it. If your plastic plants are wilting when you yawn, you will want to do something about it. Fortunately, our dentist, Dr. Ryan Lehmkuhler has some answers.
When all is said and done, morning breath is nothing more than halitosis, or bad breath. The only difference is that the food particles in your mouth have collected and have been broken down, resulting a bad taste and a bad odor. And you should treat morning breath thee same way you address bad breath at any other time of the day.
First, brush your teeth every day, twice a day, for two minutes at a time. That means a full minute on the upper teeth and and full minute on your lower teeth. Then floss your teeth at the very least once a day before you go to bed. Start at the front and floss from the back teeth to the front, making sure to curve the floss into the shape of a “c” around each tooth, flossing below and then away from your gumline. Then rinse with mouthwash approved by your dentist to remove any leftover food particles and the bacteria that can contribute to halitosis. Many of the bacteria that cause objectionable odors can be found on your tongue and by using a tongue scraper or tongue brush, you can remove those bacteria before bed time. Alcohol and coffee before bed can leave you with less-than-glamorous breath, and the last thing that should touch your lips before you hit the sheets should be 8 ounces of water. Food is one of the biggest culprits behind bad breath, so keep an eye on what you eat. The problem may also be what you aren’t eating. If you have recently started a diet, that could be one of the reasons you are suffering from morning breath. A little sugarless gum, or even a sprig of parsley can freshen your breath. If you use tobacco in any form, you can almost count on having morning breath, even if you brush and floss.
Sometimes, the problem may be related to a condition called dry mouth, in which your body is not creating enough saliva to keep your mouth hydrated. Bad breath can be an indicator of dry mouth, as can a sticky tongue, sore throat and chapped lips. Sinus problems and certain medications can also cause morning breath.
If you suspect you have morning breath in Dodge City, Kansas, or if the person you live with has registered a complaint, come and see us at First Dental and we’ll help you find some answers. Call 620-225-5154 today to schedule your appointment.