Do You Have ‘Morning Breath’?

Do You Have ‘Morning Breath’?

Smelly breath in the morning, and what you can do about it.

If your partner turns the other way when you try to kiss them in the morning, and even your children hide when they see you approaching, you may have to acknowledge that your breath may not be as sweet smelling as you think.

This is not an uncommon problem, but is one that can be quite unpleasant to those in your nearby environment.

Bad breath can happen at any time of the day, but mornings are more common. Our helpful Streatham dentist explains why this is the case.

Saliva flow

Whilst other factors will come into play, and we will discuss these later, it is saliva flow that is critical in how our breath smells. A healthy saliva flow means that much of the ‘bad’ bacteria that produces the gases that smell, are washed away, even whilst we sleep. It is always a good idea to make sure that you are well hydrated before going to bed, especially if you have been drinking alcohol, and to keep a glass of water at the bedside.

Older people especially, may suffer from this, but even younger people may do so too. Occasionally, it can be caused by an illness or side effect of medication, but very often it is caused by things that are within our direct control.

Health issues

There are a number of medical conditions which could mean that your breath smells in the morning. Some of the more common of these include constipation, tonsillitis or tonsil stones. These types of problems are usually transitory and will pass, along with the side effects, in a short period of time; possibly with the help of medication where necessary.

More serious issues such as kidney or liver disease may also cause bad breath, and if it is persistent, it is worth asking your GP for a kidney or liver function test.

Gum disease

One of the most common causes of smelly morning breath is gum disease. If you regularly have bad smelling breath, having your gum health checked is a good place to start. The dry mouth caused by poor saliva flow means that the number of harmful bacteria in the mouth rapidly increase and may cause the gums to become infected. However, providing that you have not allowed the gum disease to reach an advanced stage (periodontitis), reversing the problem should be relatively straightforward.

We would recommend that you see the hygienist at the Confidental Clinic in Streatham to have your mouth checked as they will be able to remove hardened bacteria from the teeth and gum line and start the process to restore your gum health. This is a straightforward and non invasive procedure that can really improve your breath.

If you are unhappy, or your friends and family are, with the way that your breath smells in the morning, seeing the hygienist at our Streatham dental practice is a good place to start. You can make your appointment by calling us on 020 8674 2052.