What Is The Cause Of Morning Breath?
Bad breath is something that almost everyone deals with at some point in their lives. Approximately 99 percent of Americans experience morning “dragon breath,” but a few people are suffering from something worse. It seems that about 80 million Americans have chronic bad breath. That is a big number, but there are solutions. Dr. Dan Casel and his team want to help people get to the root of this issue and learn how to fight it.
What is Behind Bad Breath?
This is a tricky question simply because there are many reasons why someone might have bad breath.
Morning Dragon Breath
First, you should understand why someone might have bad morning mouth or morning breath, as it might not be a serious issue.
One common cause of foul morning breath deals with the fact that people produce less saliva as they sleep. The mouth is resting, and you do need as much saliva as you do during the day. Saliva contains enzymes and other ingredients that help kill bacteria and wash them away. The absence of saliva gives bacteria a chance to consume food particles in the mouth and flourish. Bacteria leave residue or waste behind as they consume food particles, which are called volatile sulfur compounds. This is what causes bad breath.
The issue is further aggravated for those who tend to sleep with their mouths open because this causes the mouth to dry out. This can affect people who snore as well since their mouths open several times during the night.
The Bad Kind of Halitosis
Bad breath could be more than just regular morning dragon’s breath. Chronic bad breath can be a sign of other issues that a dentist at Premier Dentistry of Jupiter can help uncover.
One dental issue that often leads to bad breath is gingivitis. This issue gives way to a truckload of bad bacteria, and you cannot control the overgrowth with a little mint or saliva. The issue has progressed significantly by the time it affects your breath. Cavities can be responsible for halitosis as well.
Infections in your mouth might also lead to halitosis, and these need to be uncovered and dealt with quickly. Of course, some people have bad morning breath because they have a digestive issue.
Tips for Dealing With Morning Breath
Morning breath can be hard to deal with without the help of a dental specialist, like the experts at Dr. Dan Casel’s office. Oral specialists have the knowledge and expertise to get to the root of the issue. There are a few general things that you can do to tackle morning breath. Consider some of the following dental hygiene tips:
- Visit your dentist at least twice a year to have your teeth cleaned.
- Make sure that you scrape your tongue, brush, floss, and rinse before going to sleep. This will minimize food particles and bacteria.
- Do your best to avoid eating processed sugar before heading to bed, because bacteria love this type of sugar.
- Try to do something about snoring, since it can dry your mouth out. You could sleep on your side, or buy nose strips to open nasal passages at night.
You can ask your dentist for more tips. And remember, you can always call Dr. Casel’s office “Premier Dentistry of Jupiter” about any questions you have regarding bad breath. Call us today at (561) 747-7111 and get started on your path to whiter teeth and and fresher breath!