Morning breath, also known as ‘dragon breath’, or medically, ‘halitosis’, is an expression which refers to the state of one’s mouth in the morning. It can happen to anyone from time to time, but with some people, it is an everyday occurrence. When it comes to you and your own liking, this natural odour does not affect you in any way, but when another person is laying beside you – and you wish to surprise them with a morning kiss – there may be some embarrassment involved. Here are some actions you can take for getting rid of this pest, or reducing it to a reasonable extent.
What Really Happens Up There?
During sleep, our body continues functioning as if we are awake, but only in a slower rate. The heart starts pounding slowly, stomach needs more time to process the food due to slower blood flow, and the food starts producing gases which retain in the organism until we are awake. In the mouth a process also happens – there is not so much saliva and the mouth does not get enough oxygen, so these two factors both influence slower removal of particles from the mouth – which then causes ‘dragon breath’.
The things you need to do to remove morning breath are the following: first, you need to drink a lot of water. It is recommended to drink around 2 l of water during the day. Another preventive measure is to drink a glass of water before bedtime, and have another one beside your bed, so when you feel your mouth is dry, you can simply drink it without getting up. Also, you should avoid eating garlic and other spicy food, pizza, and potato chips. These will surely stay with you for a long time, so you can simply cut them out. Alcohol is another thing you should avoid, because it will not only dry out your mouth, but the entire body as well.
Mouth Hygiene and Prevention
In order to create a bacteria-free environment in your mouth, your oral hygiene has to be perfect. Brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day, and additionally after each meal. My Sydney-based orthodontist recommended me to floss my teeth before bedtime, and to incorporate minty mouthwash (alcohol-free!) in order to be sure that my mouth is free from food leftovers. Another tip they recommended is to buy a toothbrush with a tongue cleaner, because tongue is also a good place for bacteria to multiply and make a mess in the morning. If you breathe through your mouth, this will cause it dry out faster, so you will have to make yourself breathe through your nose. And if you want to surprise your significant other with a morning kiss, you can keep mints on your bedside, quickly take one, and enjoy the joys of life.
If you have applied all these tips, and you still have problems with fighting bad morning breath, then you may want to make an appointment with your physician, because it can also be caused by other intestinal problems, such as stomach dysfunction or indigestion.