How do you get rid of morning breath with braces?
We all know what it’s like to have morning breath. But those of us with braces may have morning breath that is a little stronger than most. How do you get rid of morning breath when you are wearing braces?
If you begin to notice your morning breath is stronger now that you have braces, it may be time to review your brushing and flossing process.
While wearing braces, brushing, and flossing your teeth after every meal is more important. Sure you should brush after every meal for the sake of oral health, but if you’re experiencing bad breath you may have leftover bits of food in your braces. Brushing and flossing help to remove any leftover food particles and keep your breath smelling better.
Brushing Before Bed
We’ve all heard the recommendation to brush your teeth before bed each night, but do you understand why? When we sleep, the bacteria in our mouths builds up and creates a sulfurous gas that smells. Brushing before you sleep reduces this bacteria, thus helping you sleep with minimal threats to your oral health. Take your time and make sure to get all the food debris out of your braces. If you have to use other tools to get those hard-to-reach areas, do it. You won’t regret it in the morning.
Drink water just before bed and right after waking up.
Even if you are stuck and can’t brush your teeth drinking more water can help improve your bad breath. Water cleans the mouth out and helps to rinse food particles and bacteria from between your teeth so drinking water throughout the day helps your breath stay fresh morning noon and night.
Breathe through your nose, not your mouth.
The most common cause of morning breath is dry mouth. When you sleep, your body is not able to produce as much saliva. This is done so that you can stay asleep longer and not have to constantly swallow. Saliva helps cleanse your mouth. Like water, it can remove bits of food that can lead to bad odors. A dry mouth can contribute to bad breath and it is worse if you breathe with your mouth open. By breathing through your nose you can help keep your mouth wet reducing bad breath from dry mouth.
Carry a dental hygiene kit.
If your morning breath lasts longer than the morning. It may be a good idea to bring a hygiene kit with you. Take a few moments to make sure you get rid of any extra food debris throughout the day can make a big difference. This will also help with brushing after meals to keep your teeth healthy.
Just Ask Us!… At Northeast Orthodontic Specialists, we understand that bad breath isn’t always the easiest topic to discuss. That’s why we make it as easy as possible for you. Contact our Cincinnati or Loveland OH office by phone or send us a message through our website.