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Is There A Way To Get Rid Of Bad Breath In The Morning? An Investigation

In case you're curious.
How To Get Rid Of Bad Breath In The Morning
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First of all, it's absolutely normal to have bad breath in the morning. It's part of our biological nature. Scientifically called "morning halitosis," it happens because our mouth's saliva production decreases. Another reason would be because of what we eat—garlic and onions would still smell even if you brushed your teeth the night before. Smoking and poor hygiene are also factors that cause bad breath. If you have GERD, you're most likely to wake up with a foul-smelling breath,

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But in case you're conscious about it, here are some tips you can try:

How To Get Rid Of Bad Breath In The Morning

  • Brush your teeth twice a day, especially before going to sleep.

    This is the most important step that we should never skip! preventing and treating morning breath.

    Sparkle Double White Toothpaste Lemon Soda

    Sparkle Double White Toothpaste Lemon Soda, P209



  • Clean your tongue, too!

    Bacteria can build up there and cause bad breath. Use a tongue cleaner to scrape the tongue. As much as you can, remove the white layer 'cos this buildup causes the weird smell.

    Stainless Steel Tongue Cleaner

    Stainless Steel Tongue Cleaner, P71

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  • Floss your teeth.

     This habit removes food particles stuck in between the teeth and prevents plaque that can cause bad breath.

    Watsons Dental Floss Anti-Bacterial Agent Fluoride Green Tea

    Watsons Dental Floss Anti-Bacterial Agent Fluoride Green Tea, P55


  • Gargle with mouthwash.

    Use mouthwash before brushing your teeth, according to dentists. This step can help kill bacteria and freshen your breath. 

    Listerine Total Care Mouthwash

    Listerine Total Care Mouthwash, P194, Watsons


  • Drink plenty of water.

    Who knew chugging glasses of water can help avoid bad breath? It turns out, staying hydrated prevents dry mouth, which can reduce the risk of bad breath.

  • Avoid smoking and tobacco products.

    We know. This can be challenging. But the harsh truth is that smoking and tobacco use can cause bad breath.

  • Eat a healthy diet.

    Here's another sign to go for healthier food choices. Improve your oral health and reduce the risk of bad breath with a healthy diet.

  • See a dentist regularly.

    A regular dentist visit will make it quick to spot oral health problems and treat any underlying causes of bad breath.

READ: Life-Changing Toothbrushing Hacks To Try For A Selfie-Ready Smile

Still got bad breath in the morning and you're conscious about the person beside you will wake up to your weird-smelling breath? Just gargle or brush before they get up, or don't go crazy over it. Morning breath is normal, and they probably are shy about it, too. Live a little! ;) 

If you're still struggling with bad breath and it's not just in the morning, please see a dentist. There could be an underlying medical condition that is causing your bad breath.

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