Bad breath, formally known as halitosis or malodour, is bad news. Bad morning breath can ruin your whole day. But bad breath affects many of us, particularly in the mornings, to varying degrees.
If you’re suffering from bad breath, then take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone. According to the Bad Breath Institute, between 35 and 45 percent of the global population suffers from some form of halitosis. In the United States, approximately 80 million Americans suffer from chronic bad breath. And 99 percent of us wake up with dreaded morning breath.
The good news is that there are ways that you can prevent bad morning breath. The trick is figuring out the cause of your bad breath. Even better, there are probably natural treatments for morning breath right in your own home.
4 Main Causes of Bad Breath
There isn’t one cause linked to bad breath. Here are four of the most common causes of bad breath:
Oral sources: A whopping 80 percent of bad breath stems from an oral source, says WebMD. Oral sources include: cavities, gum disease, tonsils harboring food particles, cracked fillings and dirty dentures.
Disease: Diabetes, liver disease, respiratory tract infections, chronic bronchitis, acid reflux postnasal drip can negatively impact your breath.
Poor hygiene: If you didn’t brush and floss your teeth properly the night before, then you can expect some serious morning breath.
Dry mouth (xerostomia): Bad breath in the morning is usually linked to xerostomia. Dr. Hugh Flax, a cosmetic dentist and past president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry in Atlanta, Ga., stresses the important role that saliva plays in battling bad breath to Medical Daily, “During the day, your mouth produces a significant amount of saliva, but while you sleep, saliva production goes down.”
Saliva is key to maintaining naturally fresh breath because it flushes away smelly bacteria. Less saliva, or dry mouth, means that more smelly bacteria and debris can linger in your mouth. Dry mouth can be linked to other diseases and medications.
Sleep: Sleep hugely impacts how fresh your breath will be in the morning. Snoring or breathing through your mouth at night increase dryness and give smelly bacteria the opportunity to grow.