When it comes to your dental health, timing is everything. For instance, if your breath is less than fresh when you wake up in the morning, it’s probably nothing to worry about. However, if your breath is bad throughout the rest of the day despite brushing and flossing your teeth, then you might want to visit your dentist to find out why. Bad breath in the morning is natural because the cause behind it (the accumulation of oral bacteria) is natural. Yet, after brushing away those bacteria, any lingering bad breath is likely caused by something else that might prove to be a bigger threat to your overall oral health.
What Causes Morning Breath?
Bacteria are a natural part of your oral anatomy. In fact, a typical human mouth contains over 600 different identifiable kinds at any given moment. When you sleep, these bacteria accumulate on your teeth, gums, and tongue at an accelerate rate thanks to the reduction in your saliva. By the time you wake up, all kinds of oral bacteria have gathered in force inside of your mouth, including those that prefer your tongue’s surface and are responsible for bad breath.
What Might Be Causing Your Chronic Bad Breath
The problem with oral bacteria is that some of them can be particularly harmful to your oral health in large numbers. For instance, certain kinds can erode your tooth structure and lead tooth decay, others can infect your gum tissues and lead to gum disease. When a dental issue develops from excess bacteria, chronic bad breath can be a characteristic symptom. If your bad breath doesn’t go away after cleaning away the previous night’s bacteria, then you should schedule a dental examination with your dentist before it grows worse.
Find Out How to Cure Chronic Bad Breath
Your breath is bad in the morning because of oral bacteria that gather at night. If it continues after your morning hygiene routine, then there may be a more serious reason why, and curing it could require professional care from your dentist. To find out how serious your cavity is and how best to treat it, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities.