Dealing with morning breath really stinks. It’s also downright embarrassing, especially if you talk to people every day at work or school.
Fortunately, this doesn’t mean you need to use harsh products and chemicals! With a few simple techniques, it’s possible to naturally prevent morning breath.
- Drink Water
It’s no secret that staying hydrated is essential for overall health. But did you know that it fights morning breath, too?
Normally, saliva washes away food debris so odor-causing bacteria have nothing to eat. It stops microbes from growing and releasing volatile sulfur compounds, the smelly gases behind bad breath.
However, salivary glands slow down as you sleep. This leads to a dry mouth – and less saliva to control bacteria.
The solution? Drink water first thing in the morning. According to The Journal of Dental Hygiene, this will significantly reduce dryness and the odor that comes with it.
- Sip Green Tea
Green tea, one of the healthiest drinks in the world, can do more than jumpstart your morning. This tasty beverage is rich in antimicrobial antioxidants known as polyphenols.
In the mouth, polyphenols can deodorize bad odors by controlling bacteria and reducing sulfur gases. Plus, like water, green tea moistens the mouth after sleeping.
- Floss Daily
It’s easy for food to get stuck in between your teeth. And while a toothbrush will clean the front and back, the bristles can’t reach small crevices. In turn, odor-causing bacteria will have more than enough to eat.
That’s why it’s crucial to floss every night before bed. This will naturally prevent morning breath by removing debris after a day of eating.
- Scrape Your Tongue
Like brushing and flossing, cleaning your tongue is a must. Food, bacteria, and dead cells love to accumulate on the surface! The result is a smelly coating, especially after sleeping.
In fact, research has found tongue coating can cause bad breath, even if your dental health is perfect.
The tongue scraper is your friend. With this tool, you’ll remove the gross stuff from crevices and holes that can’t be cleaned with a toothbrush.
- Eat Breakfast
Do you always skip breakfast? If so, you’re missing out on an easy way to naturally prevent morning breath.
The act of chewing increases saliva production. This gets rid of the bacteria, plaque, and associated odors.
Your best bet is crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples, broccoli, and carrots. Because these foods are tough and abrasive, they double as natural “toothbrushes.”
- Coconut Pulling
The ancient Ayurvedic practice of coconut oil pulling has countless oral benefits. It sweeps away bacteria, lubricates the mouth, and pulls out toxins, leaving you with fresh breath.
To do it, swish a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth for up to 20 minutes. It’s as simple as that.
The only problem? Oil pulling can be pretty gross.
If it sounds like we just read your mind, you’ll be glad to know that this isn’t the only option. With Dr. Ginger’s Coconut Oil Mouthwash, Coconut Oil Toothpaste, and Floss, it’s possible to use coconut oil without the hassle.
These natural products are free of fluoride, artificial coloring, and harmful chemicals, so they’re safe for the whole family to #FlossBrussSwish!
Between the tips on this list and Dr. Ginger’s Coconut Oil Oral Care Products, fighting morning breath can be easy. Your mouth (and co-workers!) will thank you.
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