Bad morning breath ( Halitosis)

Treatment for bad morning breath 

Bad morning breath ( Halitosis)

What is Halitosis? 

Halitosis is the bad breath in the mouth that appears usually in the morning or during the day. Some people might not even be aware that they have it and it causes stress to many people. This condition is very common, it is found in 1 of 4 individuals and it is the third most common reason to visit the dentist after tooth decay and gingivitis

What causes morning breath? 

Morning breath can be caused by many factors: 
  • Bad oral hygiene: the smell can appear if we don’t brush our teeth regularly and efficiently, the food residues that stick on the teeth start to produce strong smells if not cleaned. And don’t forget! Cleaning your tongue is also very important to have a fresh breath. 
  • Food: even if you brush your teeth regularly, your food habits might cause halitosis. Some food leaves a strong smell on the mouth, like garlic and onions, and the bad smell doesn’t disappear with brushing because the smell is produced as long as this food is being digested.
  • Smoking: one of the many results of smoking is bad breath, it might as well color your teeth and destroy the health of your gum.
  • Gingivitis and Periodontitis: Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gum tissue associated with bleeding. Halitosis is one of its main symptoms.
  • Dry mouth: if your glands don’t produce a sufficient amount of saliva, your mouth won’t be cleaned regularly and therefor bad breath might appear.
  • Dental infection: if you have deep dental cavities that got infected, this infection will produce a strong smell that doesn’t disappear easily.
  • Tonsils: tonsil inflammation might cause bad breath.
  • General diseases: the origin of bad breath might be far from your mouth. some digestive infections like Gastroesophageal reflux disease or stomach cancer can result this condition.

Bad morning breath ( Halitosis)

 How to treat morning breath (Halitosis)? 

The treatment of morning breath depends on its origin of course : 
  • Brushing your teeth and tong regularly is the simplest and most efficient thing you can do.
  • If you have dental or gum infections, you should visit your dentist as soon as you can.
  • Mouth wash that contains Chlorhexidine is very effective against bad mouth odor. 
  • Sugarless gum helps stimulate your saliva and keep your mouth fresh.
  • Avoid eating strong smell food like garlic and onion.
  • Drink a lot of water.
  • Visit your dentist regularly, twice a year and if your dentist doesn’t determine the cause then you need to be referred to a general doctor.


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