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Get Rid of Morning Breath!

Posted on February 13th, 2014

Morning BreathIt happens to the best of us. We brush and floss our teeth at night like we’re supposed to. But when we wake up in the morning our breath just plain stinks!

No one likes morning breath. The good news is that Creative Dental Solutions is here to help you if you or a loved one wants help! It’s an avoidable situation, and no one should be too embarrassed. Remember, morning breath happens to everyone sometimes!

Your breath stinks!

Does your whole family magically clear out of the kitchen when you come down the stairs? Has anyone ever called you “dragon breath” in the morning? Does your spouse shove an orange slice in your mouth when you yawn? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have morning breath.

We can’t claim to cure morning breath, but we hope that by educating Bangor, ME residents about its causes and giving you some possible tips to help, we might save you from some morning embarrassment. Drs. Sevey and Haluska want you to concentrate.

Why is morning breath so stinky?

The number one cause of bad breath is dry mouth. The less saliva present in your mouth, the more likely your breath is to stink. It creates a condition known as halitosis, which is simply a fancy word for bad breath.

The bad news for us is that our mouths often get very dry when we sleep, especially if we are the kind of people who breathe through our mouths at night. You know how your tongue feels all dry and swollen when you wake up? Saliva flow decreases dramatically overnight, which leads to a stinky mouth in the morning.

Morning Breath Fixes

Although it may sound like a broken record coming from Drs. Sevey and Haluska, the best way to avoid morning breath is truly to take good care of your teeth. Brush and floss twice a day, and make sure one of those times is right before you go to bed, after you are done eating and drinking. Don’t forget to brush your tongue, where a majority of bad-breath-causing plaque resides.

Stay away from alcohol and tobacco products if you want to escape the dreaded morning breath. Avoid eating foods that you know make your breath smell, such as garlic and onions. Drink lots of water. If you wear dentures, be sure to remove them at night.

Keep your regular dental check-ups with our Bangor, ME office, to make sure your morning breath isn’t related to a more serious problem like gum disease or diabetes.


About Dr. James Sevey & Dr. Natalie Sigwart

Dr. Sevey has 30 years of experience in the dental profession. Dentistry is constantly evolving and Dr. Sevey’s commitment to continuing education keeps him current with the latest advances in order to benefit his patients.

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