Do you consistently wake up with terrible breath? Many people suffer from “morning breath” but what causes it? How do we know if bad breath is something normal or a sign of something wrong?
We were looking for answers to the bad breath question so we asked a dentist to get some insights. Here’s what Jerome L. Faist, DDS of Beachwood, OH had to say:
Bad breath is a common problem. There are many different causes of bad breath. If the teeth are not brushed and flossed properly plaque will be left on the teeth and possibly cause a foul odor. Sometimes the bacteria sit on the back of the tongue, and since the bacteria release sulfur compounds the patient’s breath can smell like rotten eggs, or also a foul odor.
There are over the counter mouth rinses (like Breath RX) that if used several times a day really can help diminish the bad breath. It is also a good idea for these patients (really all patients) to brush their tongue with their teeth. A tongue rake makes this an easy procedure.
There is also a bad breath smell that comes from the stomach, and that is out of a dentist’s expertise and also very difficult for the proper physician to diagnose and treat. Fortunately, morning breath is usually just nature’s way of telling you to brush your teeth when you wake up. That bad breath usually disappears once you brush and floss your teeth.
So the good news is that getting rid of morning breath may just be a matter of better oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, tongue-scraping, and mouthwash. Check with your dentist and hygienist to make sure you’re using the proper technique to do these effectively. If the problem persists, then it might be a good idea to check with your dentist directly.
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