How To Stop Morning Breath
© Copyright 2005 Dr. Harold Katz
FACT: Just about EVERYONE has morning breath to one
degree or another.
STATISTICS ON MORNING BREATH, WHERE DO YOU FIT?
Approximately 35% of the world's population has a
chronic, noticeable breath condition which usually leads
them to seek help from a professional. This group of
people have bad breath concerns 24 hours a day,
including food odors, taste disorders, dry mouth, and of
course morning breath.
Another 35% are considered "borderline" meaning that
their breath seems fresh throughout the day, but they
can easily reach "chronic" levels if they eat certain foods
(dairy, alcohol, sugars), after taking medication
(antihistamines, antidepressants, high blood pressure
medication), and always when they wake up, in other
words, morning breath.
The remaining 30% rarely worry about bad breath. The
only exceptions are when they eat garlic and onions, or
upon wakening (morning breath)....
WHAT CAUSES MORNING BREATH?
An environment that contributes to morning breath is one
that is dry. As we sleep throughout the night, our salivary
glands slow down (or for some older people, they shut
down completely) because our brain knows we are not
eating. This lack of saliva combined with the constant
flow of air (for those of us who snore or are mouth
breathers) over our palate makes for a very DRY
environment on the tongue, within the oral cavity, and in
the throat. These dry areas are the breeding grounds of
the anaerobic (without oxygen) sulfur producing bacteria
that cause bad breath and taste disorders, and thus,
when we awake we have morning breath. Saliva is
nature's way of protecting us from bad breath because
healthy saliva contains high concentrations of oxygen,
the natural enemy of anaerobic bacteria.
What most people don't know is that morning breath is
NOT something you have to live with!
The key to stopping morning breath is to find a way to
stop the production of those volatile sulfur compounds
(VSC's) during the night as you are asleep. One way
would be to increase the production of saliva within the
back of your throat and mouth during the course of the
night. This however is very difficult to do, after all you're
asleep! Those of us who are mouth breathers are drying
out the back of our throats with each breath we take
throughout the night.
A better, and easier way, is to stop the production of bad
breath sulfur compounds by the bacteria that create
morning breath. How do you do this? I recommend using
what are called "AktivOxigen tablets"
tablets are small, highly concentrated morning breath
eliminators. When dropped into water, they create a POWERFUL, unflavored oral rinse that will destroy the
morning breath bacteria on contact. This rinse is also
effective because it is a rinse that you can swallow which
allows the solution to coat the back of your throat and
tonsils. Using the rinse prior to bedtime, allowing the
solution to work for the entire night, virtually eliminates
About the Author
Dr. Harold Katz