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How to Avoid Bad Breath in the Morning

21 Dec, 2020 cleaning

Man with bad morning breath.

Waking up feeling refreshed after a good night’s sleep is wonderful. Realizing that you have breath that is less than fresh can quickly disrupt all of those peaceful feelings. 

Bad breath, or halitosis, is a problem that most people will face at some point. Even children and people with perfect oral hygiene can sometimes still wake up to this unwelcome morning surprise.

The trick to avoiding bad morning breath begins with what you do long before you wake up. These tips will help you feel confident and ready to face the world each day.

Brush and Floss Before Bedtime

Halitosis is often caused by food debris breaking down in your mouth. During the day, some of these food particles are washed away as you eat and drink. This makes the smell less noticeable.

Overnight, food left in your mouth can sit for more than eight hours. This gives it plenty of time to start to decay.

Biofilm is a slimy substance that is filled with bacteria and other microorganisms. It feeds on sugar and other components of the decaying food and continues to build up.

Brushing and flossing your teeth removes the biofilm and any leftover food particles that create that awful odor.

Stay Hydrated at Night


Drinking water at bedtime to prevent morning breath

A dry mouth contributes to the development of biofilm. Snoring, certain medications, and poor hydration are all possible reasons why you might wake up with a dry mouth.

Sip on water before you go to bed. This helps to wash away any leftover debris that remains after you brush your teeth.

Keeping a glass of water by your bed helps you hydrate if you wake up in the middle of the night.

Avoid Drinking Alcohol and Smoking

Alcohol contributes to bad morning breath in two ways. First, alcohol has a dehydrating effect that can counteract your efforts for hydration. Second, alcohol is full of sugar that feeds the bacteria that create that smell you detect in the morning.

If you drink an occasional alcoholic beverage, remember to follow it up with a glass of water. Limiting alcohol two hours before bedtime is another way to have a drink without facing bad-smelling consequences in the morning.

Smoking dries out the soft tissues of your mouth, but it goes an extra step further. This habit also reduces blood flow to your gums and increases the risk of gum disease. Infected gums can release pus that has a foul odor.

Freshen Up Every Morning

Bad breath in the morning is a motivation for brushing your teeth in the morning. Doing so helps to remove the plaque and tartar that built up during the night. After you brush, consider using an antiseptic mouthwash that reduces the bacteria that builds up in your mouth.

Get Regular Teeth Cleanings


Teeth cleaning at Shumway Dental Care to prevent morning breath

Brushing your teeth twice a day, combined with flossing, goes a long way toward keeping your breath fresh. Combining this with regular professional teeth cleanings help remove any plaque that your toothbrush and floss cannot reach. 

Cleaning plaque from beneath the gum line and in between hard-to-reach teeth helps keep your breath fresher for longer.

Morning breath that fails to respond to these strategies could be a sign that something is wrong. Persistent bad breath can be caused by gum disease, tooth decay, and infections. Regular dental visits can restore your breath to normal and prevent it from happening again.