Mouth breathing, particularly for long periods while sleeping, can cause bad breath because it dries out saliva that is necessary to moisten the mouth, neutralise acids produced by plaque, and wash away dead cells that accumulate on the tongue, gums, and cheeks.
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Halitosis (bad breath) is mostly caused by sulphur-producing bacteria that normally live on the surface of the tongue and in the throat. Sometimes, these bacteria start to break down proteins at a very high rate and odorous volatile sulphur compounds (VSC) are released from the back of the tongue and throat. Halitosis is not infectious.
Bad breath can be caused by:
Mouth breathing, especially during sleep
Dental factors – such as periodontitis (infection around the teeth) or poor oral hygiene
Dry mouth – caused by mouth breathing, medicines, alcohol, stress or a medical condition
Smoking – which starves the mouth of oxygen
Acid and bile reflux from the stomach
Post-nasal discharge – for example, due to chronic sinusitis
Foods – such as onions, garlic or cauliflower, which induce certain odors.
Symptoms of halitosis are:
A white coating on the tongue especially at the back of the tongue
Dry mouth (caused by mouth breathing during sleep)
Build up around teeth
Post-nasal drip, or mucous
Morning bad breath and a burning tongue (caused by mouth breathing during sleep)
Thick saliva and a constant need to clear your throat
Constant sour, bitter metallic taste
Having halitosis can have a major impact on a person. Because of bad breath, other people may back away or turn their heads. This can cause a loss of confidence and self-esteem. There is no one treatment for halitosis. The treatment will depend on what is causing the problem.
Avoiding mouth breathing, dehydration and good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing, are important. Some mouthwashes, lozenges and toothpastes can assist in fighting halitosis. Gentle but effective tongue cleaning may also be required. A variety of tongue brushes and scrapers have been produced in recent years. The tongue should be brushed in a gentle but thorough manner, from the back towards the front of the tongue, keeping in mind that the hardest to reach back portion smells the worst.
Bad Breath Statistics:
Between 35 and 45 percent of the people in the world have some level of halitosis or bad breath, however everyone suffers from bad breath at some point in their life and at sometime of the day. Researchers estimate that 25%, or 1 in 4 Americans suffer from chronic halitosis and spend over $10 billion on oral hygiene products (i.e. mints, gums, mouthwashes, toothpastes, etc.) to combat chronic bad breath. These products only mask and cover up the problem. 9 out of 10 bad breath sufferers spend in excess of 72 hours and $400 a year just battling their condition, and see barely any results. At least 99% of everyone else has “dragon breath” in the morning.
Dragon breath or morning breath is usually caused by mouth breathing during sleep and can be avoided by keeping your mouth closed all night. While everybody opens their mouth at some time during the night, as we age our facial and lip muscles weaken and our mouth stays open during sleep.
When our mouth opens our tongue drops from the roof of the mouth and falls back towards the throat often causing snoring, snorting or gasping during sleep and waking up with a dry mouth, dry throat, bad breath, stuffy or blocked nose and feeling tired.
Just by keeping your lips together all night you can dramatically reduce the chance of suffering from any or all these conditions as well as looking more appealing with a closed mouth. In a survey of 5,000 singles conducted by Match.com, 43% said fresh breath mattered the most before a date, 17% said stylish clothes, 15% said sexy fragrance, 14% said good skin, and 10% said great hair.
Dating studies show that bad breath is among the 3 most unattractive traits in dating prospects. 70% of teens say bad breath is an instant turnoff; 85% believe it’s the most important thing to avoid when meeting someone for the first time.
Bad breath sufferers are 60% more likely to suffer from stress than non-sufferers. 57% of bad breath sufferers report feelings of depression because of their problem. 71% of bad breath sufferers have at some time considered enduring painful and evasive surgery in an attempt to eliminate halitosis, only to find surgery is useful in less than 3% of cases.
If you don’t brush and floss teeth daily, food particles can remain in your mouth, promoting bacterial growth between teeth, around the gums, and on the tongue. This causes bad breath. Antibacterial mouth rinses also can help reduce bacteria. The medical condition dry mouth (xerostomia) also can cause bad breath.
Brushing, flossing and sleeping with sleepQ+ is the best way to keep your breath sweet and fresh.
None of the information provided on this site is intended or recommended as a substitute for professional medical advice. We recommend you consult a Medical Professional if you have any concerns regarding the suitability or use of our product having regard to any existing medical conditions you may have.