Ask a Dentist

Q: I wake up with bad breath every morning, even though I brushed the night before. Is there a way for me to fix this? I usually cover up the stench with my morning coffee.

A: This issue is more common than you may think - and there are more permanent solutions than a cup of coffee.Regular brushing and flossing, using a nonalcoholic mouth rinse, and brushing your tongue are simple and effective treatments. Flossing removes the odor producing bacteria in between the teeth and brushing the tongue eliminates the bacteria hidden between the taste buds. This is to be done before you go to bed - do not eat or drink anything after you’ve brushed and flossed your teeth!

Keeping your regular cleaning appointments will also allow your hygienist to remove buildup that can cause bad breath. Persistent bad breath could be the sign of a larger problem. It’s possible that you could have gum disease, cavities, oral cancer, dry mouth or infection. You should visit your dentist to determine the issue.

Schedule an appointment at either of our Winnipeg dentist offices (St. Vital or Garden City) today for a thorough check-up. Once we help you solve the problem we recommend brushing, flossing and using mouthwash twice a day to prevent any further issues.