5 Easy Ways to Fix Your Awful Morning Breath

Brush and Floss More
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Brush and Floss More

Food particles that linger in your mouth overnight become major attractants for bacteria. When the bacteria interacts with these leftovers, it releases the noxious fumes that cause MDB, said Fort Lauderdale-based Dr. April Patterson, D.D.S.

So before you hit the hay, take a good five minutes to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth, dislodging any food remnants that may have accumulated during the day, said Dr. Metz, D.D.S. with Vibrant Dentistry in Mesa, Arizona. And resist the urge to snack or sip anything other than water after you’ve done your due diligence with scrubbing.

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