Counteracting the bacteria in the mouth responsible for causing morning breath requires practicing good oral hygiene every day. Good oral hygiene includes flossing, brushing, cleaning your tongue and using a non-alcoholic mouthwash that contains a zinc compound.
1. Floss, Brush, Clean Tongue and Gargle Mouthwash
Use an interdental cleaner or dental floss to remove plaque and food particles in between your teeth. You should floss at least once daily.
Brush Your Teeth at Least Twice Daily
Brush your teeth twice daily using a toothpaste containing fluoride. Brushing your teeth helps to remove the plaque, before it turns into tartar. While you can effectively remove plaque through brushing and flossing, your dental hygienist will have to remove any tartar buildup during your biannual cleaning.
Brushing your teeth 30 minutes after you eat is best; however, if this is not possible, chew sugar-free gum that contains the sweetener Xylitol, which is antibacterial. Chewing this gum will help to remove food particles that are lodged between the teeth. By eliminating these food particles, you decrease the amount of bacteria in your mouth.
Regularly change your toothbrush (every two or three months). You should also get a new toothbrush following an illness.
Clean Your Tongue
Remember to clean your tongue when you brush your teeth because bacteria sit on the taste buds; thus, affecting the way your breath smells. You can clean your tongue using your toothbrush or with a tongue scraper. Some toothbrushes have a tongue scraper at the end of the handle: You can also purchase tongue cleaners that are specifically designed to remove bacteria from the tongue.
2. Use Antibacterial, Non-Alcoholic Mouthwash That Contains Zinc Compounds
Rinse your mouth twice daily using an antibacterial mouthwash that contains zinc compounds, but does not contain alcohol. Alcohol dries out the mouth and eventually leads to bad breath.
3. Stop Breathing Through Your Mouth
Breathing through your mouth causes a reduction in the amount of saliva you make, which leads to dry mouth. Having a mouth that feels like cotton is not only uncomfortable, but unhealthy. Saliva effectively helps to wash away the bacteria in the mouth.
4. Gargle with Baking Soda
Baking soda can be found in a variety of toothpaste brands. Baking soda is a natural antibiotic; therefore, it kills bacteria within the mouth: The bacteria responsible for causing bad breath. You can make your own gargle/mouthwash by combining one tablespoon of baking soda with one cup of warm water. You can also add a couple drops of essential peppermint oil to the mix if you want to feel that cool sensation when you finish gargling and rinsing your mouth.
5. Practice Proper Oral Health Care
Eliminating morning breath is possible if you practice proper dental hygiene. Brush, floss, clean your tongue and rinse with a non-alcoholic, antibacterial mouthwash or baking soda with water daily. Keep your dental cleaning appointments so any tartar buildup can be removed.
If you wear dentures, be sure to remove them while you sleep. Always thoroughly clean them before placing them back in your mouth the following morning.
Bad breath can usually be prevented or eliminated through proper oral hygiene; however, if proper dental hygiene does not eliminate your bad breath, you should visit your dentist.
Especially if you notice that your bad breath is accompanied by:
- Sores in your mouth.
- Persistent dry mouth.
- Broken teeth.
- Dental pain.
- A fever.
- Difficulty or pain when swallowing/chewing.
- White spots on your tonsils.
If you are experiencing persistent bad breath, you may need to have your mouth examined. Contact Espinal & Willis – Carolinas Center for Advanced Dentistry today to schedule your complimentary consultation. We can determine what is causing your bad breath, and then address it.
Contact Espinal & Willis – Carolinas Center for Advanced Dentistry today to schedule your dental cleaning and checkup. We look forward to serving you. Call us at 803.327.4166 today!