Everyone has some degree of “morning breath”—65 percent of Americans, in fact. That’s because when we sleep, our saliva flow decreases, which causes odor-producing bacteria to proliferate.

Here are some other things that increase the likelihood you will wake up with bad breath:

  • SNORING or breathing through your mouth when you sleep.
  • Taking medications that cause your mouth to become dry overnight.
  • Smoking, which not only causes your saliva — your natural mouth rinse — to dry up but also can raise the temperature of your mouth, making it a breeding ground for the bacteria that causes bad breath.
  • Allergies, which can cause mucus to drip down the back of your throat where it becomes a food source for bacteria.

Some things you can do to treat morning breath:

  • Brush your teeth for at least two minutes, at least twice a day.
  • Brush immediately before going to bed.
  • Brush your tongue—it’s the source of 85 percent of bad breath; or use a tongue cleanser.
  • Floss every day; it is just as important as brushing your teeth.
  • Use mouthwash and rinse for at least 30 seconds to be sure you kill the bacteria.

Feel free to ask your Plymouth Dentist, Dr. Gary Feucht and the dental hygienists at Plymouth Dentistry about any concerns you may have regarding morning breath or any other oral hygiene issues.