Why does my breath smell so terrible every morning?

Bad breath, otherwise known as Halitosis can have many causes. They can be temporary or persistent. It’s management and treatment depends on careful identification of the cause.

The most common type is “morning mouth” which is normal. During the day, the saliva does a great job of washing away food and bacteria. At night, our saliva flow is reduced over a period of a few hours. This washing action is no longer occurring and so the amount of bacteria in the mouth grows releasing foul odours in the process.

How can I get rid of my bad breath?

Good oral hygiene before bed and first thing in the morning goes a long way in reducing the “morning mouth”. Pay particular attention to brushing towards the back of the tongue where heavy loads of bacteria can accumulate.

Other causes of bad breath include:
1. poor oral hygiene
2. medications which can reduce saliva flow
3. foods with strong odours
4. smoking
5. mouth, sinus, throat or lung infections
6. dental decay
7. gum disease
8. some systemic diseases

It is best to talk to the friendly dentists and staff at Churchill Dental about this issue so that we can help identify the cause.