When you wake up in the morning, do people tell you that you have dragon breath? Are you (or better yet, your spouse) repulsed by the order that’s fuming from your mouth when you get out of bed?
If so, then you fight the same battle that nearly all of us fight in the morning and that is bad breath! And there are thousands of people in the United States that take their bad breath with them throughout the day.
In some cases, people sincerely can’t help their chronic bad breath issues. It can be a result of medical conditions, or some other external factors out of their control.
But for the rest of us, we have no excuses!
Especially when there are some basic, fundamental habits that we can adopt that can help fight that dragon breath and put us on a path toward good breath, both in the morning and throughout the day.
Causes of bad breath
So why is it that our breath stinks (to put it bluntly) in the morning? I mean, is there a “bad breath fairy” out there that comes down and sprinkles repulsion dust into our mouth while we are sleeping?
No, not likely.
Bad breath, also called Halitosis, is caused by something in your mouth. This seems obvious I know, but 20% of the time bad breath can be result of other factors other than what’s in your mouth. But that’s for another discussion.
Morning breath is the most common form of bad breath which is caused by bacteria build up in your mouth while you sleep.
While you are sleeping, saliva production decreases in your mouth which reduces the mouth’s ability to break down debris in your mouth and within you teeth. And as a result, you get morning breath.
Steps To Control Bad Breath
Just because you have chronic bad breath in the morning doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to control your breath. If you implement some simple steps, or habits, each morning then you can dramatically improve your breath.
Here are some habits you can start forming each morning to start improving your bad breath:
- Brushing and flossing regularly
- Brush the inside of your cheek and tongue (where bacteria builds up)
- Drink plenty of water (increases saliva production)
Watch this video to learn how to fight bad breath:
So do you have a chronic problem with bad breath?
Is your breath especially bad in the morning when you first wake?
What are some habits you have that helps you fight bad breath?
Let us know in the comments!