The phone alarm sounds each morning, waking you from a restful night's slumber. You rub the sleep from your eyes and prepare to tackle the day. Then you recognize it. That all too familiar taste accompanied by what feels like a wool sweater on your tongue. And you can practically smell the odor coming from your mouth. Yep, it's morning breath. Morning breath can be embarrassing, but it's nothing to be ashamed of; everyone's been there before. Here are some prevention and treatment tips so you can wake up a little happier and feeling fresh.
Morning breath is a form of bad breath, known medically as halitosis. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), lousy breath typically begins from bacteria in the mouth. As you sleep, food particles collect between your teeth, on the tongue and along the gumline. Your mouth bacteria break down those particles leaving foul-smelling chemicals in your mouth.