Why Is My Breath Bad in the Morning?

No matter how thoroughly you brush your teeth at night and how religiously you use that breath-freshening mouthwash, you’re bound to wake up with breath that smells less that great. However, you should take solace in the fact that you’re not alone. Most of us wake up with bad breath for reasons beyond our control! Today, we want to share some of the reasons we have bad breath in the morning as well as steps you can take to help freshen your breath.

couple waking up in bed with bad breath

What Causes Bad Breath?

During the day, a continuous flow of saliva helps wash away food particles and clean teeth. While we sleep, our mouths dry out because our saliva flow decreases. This gives stinky bacteria the chance to grow on your teeth, resulting in bad breath when you wake up.

Beyond decreased saliva production, there are other factors that can leave you with bad breath in the morning. Snoring, for example, dries out your mouth even more. Certain medications that cause dry mouth also contribute to bad breath upon waking up. If you regularly wake up with a sore throat, congestion, and a dry mouth, it’s a sign that your mouth is open while you sleep and a likely source of bad breath.

What Steps Can I Take to Limit Morning Breath?

The best way to improve your morning breath is by following a good oral hygiene routine. You should brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time. Ideally, one of those times is right before bed and you do not eat or drink anything else before going to sleep. You can also try brushing your tongue, as the back of your tongue is a breeding ground for odor-causing bacteria. If you feel like your breath is worse than run-of-the-mill bad breath, let us know during your next visit. It could be a sign of a more serious dental issue.

To ask our team any questions about bad breath or other oral health concerns, contact us today!

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Why Is My Breath Bad in the Morning? was last modified: October 8th, 2018 by Palos Heights Family Dental