It goes without saying that no one likes morning breath. It’s not as big of a deal if you are single, but if you are in a relationship or married, it can make you become quite self-conscious. It is near impossible to prevent morning breath, as flossing and brushing before bed won’t prevent it. You’ll likely still wake up with a sour or bitter taste in your mouth. That’s just the way it goes.
There are some things to keep top of mind though that may help you keep it more under control:
Sleep on Your Side or Stomach
When you sleep on your side or on your stomach, you can prevent mouth breathing, which causes dry mouth. A dryer mouth means less saliva, and you actually need saliva in your mouth to kill bacteria. Bacteria thrive in a dry environment.
Use a Tongue Scraper
Everyone should invest in a tongue scraper. They’re cheap, and your mouth will love you for it! Did you know that food particles can get easily lodged on your tongue? (Just because you can’t see it, that doesn’t mean it’s not there.)
Ensure that Your Flossing and Brushing is THOROUGH
Are you REALLY brushing for a full two minutes twice a day? You may think you are, but you may only be doing half the required time. It is a great idea to set a timer.
Most people would likely be more diligent with their brushing if they knew that the bacteria in their mouths feed off of teeny bits of food, such as the pieces that get stuck between your teeth. And if that wasn’t enough, volatile sulphur compounds are then released through anaerobic respiration. This is what creates the awful smell. Appetizing, right?!
Choose Alcohol-free Mouthwash
Most mouthwashes have alcohol, which ironically dries out your mouth and make your problem worse. Drinking lots of water and using an alcohol-free mouthwash can work wonders!
Eat Healthy Saliva-Stimulating Foods
Your mouth generates saliva regardless of what you eat, but it’s in your best interest to make healthy choices, such as crunchy veggies and fruit. Plus, they will help keep the surface of your teeth clean as well.
Do you have questions about bad breath? Just ask your dentist!
If you are looking for a dentist in Abbotsford, we would love to have you and your family as new patients at Townline Dental. Give us a call today: 604-744-1513.