When you wake up and roll over to lovingly kiss your spouse good morning, does his or her face twist up in a repulsed manner? Instead of returning the tender affection, they request that you brush your teeth first. Unfortunately, you just experienced the after effects of morning breath. If you’ve ever wondered why you wake up with “dragon breath,” your Lincoln dentist is here to provide some clarity. Here are some reasons you may have morning breath and what you can do to combat it.
1. Your skipped your dental routine the night before.
If you skip brushing or flossing, the food particles and bacteria stick around in your mouth from the day before. Regularly neglecting your oral care routine can also lead to gum disease, which is a major contributor to bad breath.
2. Your mouth produces less saliva when you sleep.
Yeah, skipping your hygiene routine definitely doesn’t help keep your breath fresh overnight—but this is the real culprit. Normally, our mouths produce plenty of saliva to help wash away the naturally occurring bacteria in our mouths. But when our bodies signal it’s time to sleep, it will slow down saliva production. Dental bacteria and leftover food sticks around in the drier areas of your mouth and marinate, if you will. These bacteria essentially get free roam of your mouth until you wake up and remove them with brushing and flossing.
3. You have chronic dry mouth.
If you’re already prone to dry mouth during the day, then your mouth is likely to get extra dry while you sleep. That’s because your body is already producing less saliva during the day, and that amount of saliva goes down even further at night. This creates an even more hospitable environment for odor-causing bacteria and may increase the pungency of your morning breath.
4. You sleep with your mouth open and/or snore.
Regardless of whether you experience dry mouth during the day, snoring and/or mouth breathing can seriously dry out your mouth in your sleep. This results in the same conditions of dry mouth described above: Because your mouth is producing less saliva, it will get stuck in your mouth, where they get to work creating odors.
5. You’re a tobacco user.
Smoking tobacco can contribute to morning breath in many ways. Primarily, it causes your saliva to dry up, which leads to all the consequences of dry mouth described above. Secondly, it can increase the temperature in your mouth, which makes an even more fertile environment for stinky bacteria. Thirdly, smoking cigarettes greatly increase the risk of gum disease, another culprit of morning breath.
6. You’re feeling under the weather.
When you’re not feeling your best, your body will try to combat it with mucus and other defensive systems. Whether it’s because of allergies or sickness—that mucus will find its way into the back of your throat while you sleep. Once there (brace yourself for the crude details) the mucus provides a food source for the bacteria in the front and back of your mouth. Disgusting, right? The combination of mucus, bacteria, and food will create a foul odor—especially sitting in your mouth overnight.
Visit Your Dentist in Lincoln for Help
It’s natural for your body to slow down the production of saliva when your body is resting. So, you probably can’t get rid of morning breath altogether, but exceptional dental care will definitely help. If you brush, floss, and visit Williamsburg Dental every 6 months as you’re supposed to, you can be one less patient with unbearable, offensive breath—just regular stinky morning breath. If it helps, you’re not the only one! Everyone has bad breath in the morning, just work with your dentist to remove as much bacteria as possible.