I can't say I blame you for wanting to know how to eliminate morning breath. It's horrific, isn't it? And it usually goes something like this. You've slept long and deep. It was great, and now you've got that slightly sleepy, yet relaxed and comfortable feeling going for you. You're stretching, and birds are cheerfully chirping and warbling as the sunrise repaints your room in the dreamscape colors of a new dawn.
Rolling over, you start to wish your partner a good morning when all of a sudden, your partner's head bursts into flames. As you frantically dial 911, you keep thinking, "if only I'd known how to eliminate morning breath."
A bit over the top, you say? Okay, I'll admit it... All I'm saying is that when morning breath, or any other form of halitosis, starts to get in the way of your relationships, the pain and emotional trauma can be intense. Since you're reading this, you probably have a pretty good idea of what I'm talking about.
Whatever you do, try not to feel ashamed or alone. Why? At one time or another in their lives, most people suffer from morning breath to varying degrees. According to Dr. Harold Katz, founder of the California Breath Clinics, approximately 95% of the population suffer from morning breath. For a full 30%, that's the only time of day their breath is bad. The other 65% experience situational or chronic bad breath, so even though they may not yet know how to eliminate morning breath, having it isn't as much a surprise for them as it is for the others.
Before I can help you understand how to eliminate morning breath, you really need to understand what causes it. But before I explain that, let's take a look at what happens during your normal waking hours.
During the day, your saliva is thin and flows fluidly. This does two things to prevent halitosis. The flow of saliva washes food particles down your throat. This keeps decomposing food particles from causing breath problems. It also carries oxygen to your tongue, gums and throat. These are the places where anaerobic bacteria live, breed, and cause bad breath.
In addition, you consume water and various beverages during normal waking hours which helps the saliva wash away food particles.
While you sleep, however, the flow of saliva decreases considerably. (For some people, it simply stops.) Your mouth gets dry and your saliva thickens. Without the moisture saliva normally provides, your breathing causes further drying of your oral tissue, resulting in morning dry mouth.
If you typically breathe through your mouth at night, or if you have problems with snoring, you have really need to know how to eliminate morning breath. If you have Sleep Apnea and use a CPAP machine, you'll be even more driven to find out how to eliminate morning breath.
Another thing that happens during sleep is that the jaw and neck muscles relax, which allows the tongue to fall back in the mouth. This allows the back of the tongue, an area rich in anaerobic bacteria, to come into contact with the back of the throat. This, in turn, promotes the spread of anaerobic bacteria.
A dry mouth combined with the spread of bacteria creates a perfect environment for morning breath and morning dry mouth.
That's the in-a-nutshell version of what causes morning breath. Now let's talk about how to eliminate morning breath. At this point, you may be thinking that there's a cure. If that's the case, then I have some good news and bad news for you.
The bad news is that there is no cure. The good news, however, is that there are methods for treating and preventing morning breath that are so effective, you'll feel like you've been cured.
What's the first thing you need to do? You need to get the full story. You need information. Start by reading my article, Fourteen Guidelines to Help You Prevent Bad Breath. It will give you a good starting point for what follows.
Okay... This may seem way too simple, but it's critical. Are you serious about wanting to know how to eliminate morning breath? Really serious? If you are, you'll do this.
You absolutely have to
implement a good daily oral hygiene program. This means you should brush
at least twice daily, If at all possible, you should brush after every
meal. Use a good
that contains no Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Another important
part of your oral hygiene program should be regular tongue scraping.
Scrape your tongue using steady, light pressure and then apply a thin
coat of toothpaste to your tongue. Leave the toothpaste on for up to 90
seconds. Remember to floss daily, and use an alcohol-free,
oxygenating oral rinse.
The next thing you need to do is just before you go to bed, blow your nose and then use 3-5 drops of oxygenating sinus drops in each nostril. This will deliver oxygen to places an oral rinse can't reach.
Next, you'll want to use dissolved in water. The resulting solution is a powerful, oxygen-rich rinse that you can actually swallow. After thoroughly rinsing your mouth, slowly swallow the rinse. Swallowing it slowly will allow it to work on the bacteria in your throat.
[NOTE: For safety reasons, I have to caution you against doing this with just any commercial oral rinse or mouthwash. AktivOxygen Tablets are safe; the others are not.]
The final step is to repeat step three above first thing in the morning if necessary. At first you may have to do this, but as you get the anaerobic bacteria under control, you may discover that you no longer need to do this first thing in the morning.
Some of the steps I've identified are not possible with commercial products currently available in stores. However, there is one family of products which you can use to follow these steps. I know from my own experience that they will work for you, just as they've worked for me. I highly recommend that you use TheraBreath products as the foundation of your oral hygiene program. There's even a Trial-Size Package, which includes everything you need to get started, as well as a 100% guarantee on their products. The trial-size products are also great for travel. TheraBreath is not afraid to put its money where its (very clean and germ free) mouth is (pun fully intended ;-) ). It really doesn't get much better than that.
Anyway, that's the best advice I can give you regarding how to eliminate morning breath.