Bad breath when you wake up is highly common, and often harmless – nevertheless embarrassing! However, if your morning breath is particularly strong and foul, you might want to do some fixing. Worry not, there are easy and effective ways to get right of it naturally. Read on!
How To Get Rid of Bad Morning Breath (Naturally!)
1. Cleanse Your ‘Ama’
‘Ama’ is what Ayurveda calls a specific kind of toxin that results from malfunctioning digestion. If you’ve got a whole lot of ama accumulated in your body, your bad morning breath is a result of that. So as always in Ayurveda, get to the root of the problem and your symptom will disappear. One way to identify if this toxin overload is at the root of your bad breath is to check your tongue. If its surface is white, then yes, you have to cleanse your ama. There are many ways to do this: Panchakarma, eliminating processed and stale food from your diet, and boosting your metabolism with ingredients like cumin, nutmeg, ginger, and turmeric. Drinking warm water first thing in the morning also helps.
2. Brush and Wash
Are you brushing your teeth properly in the night? Most people, tired at the end of the day, do not brush with a focused mind and therefore end up doing an incomplete job of cleaning their teeth. After your last meal, brush and gargle thoroughly. Baking soda is a pretty good morning breath cure that you can incorporate in your night routine. Dip your tooth brush in some baking soda and then begin your cleanse. This will treat the bad morning breath. You can also wash your mouth with some water mixed with a bit of baking soda. And remember to change your tooth brush every 6 months.
3. Munch on Fresheners
Mother nature has gifted us humans with plenty of side effect free remedies, including natural mouth fresheners. Cloves, mint leaves, lemon rind and cardamom seeds are strong refreshers of the breath. Simply chew on them and you should feel a difference in a matter of weeks. Additionally, the simple act of chewing itself helps remove bad morning breath since it triggers the production of saliva, which plays an important role in eliminating impurities in your mouth.
4. Drink Enough Water
If you’re dehydrated, chances are that you will end up with a foul smelling mouth in the morning. This is common in the summer time and is a top contributor to bad morning breath. So make sure that you’re drinking at least 80 ounces of water a day. This will keep the bad bacteria away, provide your mouth with much-needed moisture, and improve the quality of your breath. If you tend to sleep with your mouth open, keep a bottle of water next to you in the night. Whenever you wake up during the night, take a few sips of the water. Importantly, avoid sweetened, processed and caffeinated juices – they will make matters worse and dry your mouth.
5. Check Your Diet
Another important answer to the question of how to stop morning breath is fixing your diet. There are certain foods that make your mouth smell bad: onions, garlic, processed food, highly sugary food and pungent flavours. Tobacco and alcohol, as many might already know, do a lot of harm to your mouth and make it stink. On the other hand, there are foods that improve your breath and dental health: fruits, nuts, beans, highly fibrous foods, and dark leafy beans. So, now you know what to include in your diet and what to keep away from.
With these tips, you can easily get rid of bad morning breath. Give it a couple of weeks, and you should smell the difference!