Ever wake up with breath that smells and tastes toxic? Perhaps your partner has made complaints about your offensive breath in the morning? Well if so then you’re not alone. According to Health Guidance just about everyone suffers from the dreaded morning breath to some degree, with an estimated 35% having a chronic breath condition that leads them to seek medical or dental help.
Experts suggest that the main cause of morning breath is that during extended periods of sleep the saliva production slows down or sometimes stops completely. This is because the brain is recognizing that we’re not eating. A lack of saliva combined with continual air flow through the mouth and nose makes for a very dry mouth – the perfect environment for anaerobic, sulfur producing bacteria to breed. This bacteria causes a nasty smell and has also been linked to various taste disorders.
Although it’s natural, morning breath can often be unpleasant and embarrassing; so here are a few natural home remedies to prevent and cure it.
Keeping the mouth hydrated by drinking lots of water can help ease the dryness of the mouth and flush away any existing bacteria. Rinse your mouth thoroughly to loosen any stubborn bacteria or food particles and keep a glass of water at your bedside so that you can take a gulp throughout the night should you wake up. To further avoid dehydration you should also avoid drinking alcohol and smoking as these dry the mouth out a lot.
Many people mistakenly believe that using an alcohol based mouthwash before bed will help ease their morning breath. In fact these only mask the problem temporarily and the alcohol in these products actually dries the mouth out more during sleep so by morning time, the breath could be even worse. Natural News suggests using a homemade mouthwash made from equal parts of sage, calendula and myrrh and gargling 4 times a day for a more natural, healthy mouthwash solution.
Studies show that both green and black tea contain compounds called polyphenols which help stop the excessive growth of bacteria and can also prevent existing bacteria from developing into smelly breath. Therefore a cup of tea before bed can certainly help decrease the amount of bacteria in the mouth by morning and is certainly a better option than coffee, which contains caffeine that dries the mouth out in a similar way to alcohol.
Parsley is the most renowned of natural breath fresheners. It is rich in chlorophyll which is a compound that kills the bacteria that causes odor. People are often advised to chew on the leaves of parsley after eating strong smelling foods but you could also do this first thing in a morning to help neutralize any unpleasant smelling breath. Cardamom seeds can also help sweeten breath and avocado is well known for cleansing the intestinal tract which can also help relieve bad breath.
Good Oral Hygiene
Brushing with an antibacterial toothpaste and flossing daily is great practice to maintain good oral hygiene and get rid of any left over food or bacteria that can otherwise fester and create an unpleasant breath smell. Don’t forget to brush your tongue as well as your teeth to remove dead cells, food and bacteria – you can actually buy a ‘tongue scraper’ in most pharmacies and drug stores if you’d rather use this than your toothbrush.
Probiotics are often known as good bacteria and can be found in a variety of yogurt and manufactured fermented food items. These can help promote healthy bacteria in the digestive tract which ultimately reduces any unpleasant odors in the mouth.
Avoid Strong Smelling Food
Eating onions, garlic or strong smelling fish before bed can be a sure fire way to get a bad case of morning breath the next day. These types of food contain sulfur compounds that give them their strong smell and distinctive flavors and sadly, these compounds tend to stick in around in the mouth and lungs long after you’ve eaten them. Stick to fresh vegetables and low fat cheeses which both fight plaque and help keep mouth odor fresh.
Baking soda is also renowned as a great natural product in oral hygiene. Sprinkle a little baking soda onto a damp toothbrush and brush to keep your teeth pearly white and your breath smelling fresh.
You may think that managing stress and keeping breath fresh are two completely unrelated concepts, but according Alternative Medicine, preliminary studies have indicated that stress can increase the production of volatile sulfur compounds in the mouth and also affect the digestive system.
In the same way that you might use fitness websites for help in maintaining your physical appearance, it is also beneficial to follow advice to keep your oral hygiene up to scratch too. Even with a great body, bad breath can be a sure way to put any potential love interests off.