How to Get Rid of Morning Breath

October 18, 2008

By Susan M. Callahan, Associate Editor
and Featured Columnist
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Why is it that, no matter how hard you brush, you always wake
up with bad breath in the morning?  

The answer lies in the power of multiplication.

It only takes a few cells of bacteria, left in your mouth after
you brush to cause a stench. The cells multiply so rapidly in the
moist warmth of your mouth. Your mouth is almost an ideal
incubator for bacteria.

How fast do bacteria multiply in your mouth?

Bacteria are single cell organisms which have the power to
divide and reproduce by themselves. No sex required. A single
bacteria cell can reproduce --clone itself-- every 20 minutes.
Another 20 minutes and that single cell has now become 4
cells. Another 20 minutes and those 4 cells have become 8 cells.

In another 6 hours, that single cell has become 1,048,576.
Over a million cells in 6 hours. By the time you wake up, you
have 4,194,304 bacteria cells in your mouth from that one cell.


A few cells have become a few million cells and the result is bad
breath.

There are several types of bacteria which are always present in
our mouths.  Scientists call these bacteria "normal flora".

Streptococcus salivarious, Streptococcus mutans, and
Actinomyces are normal flora in your mouth.  Some bacteria
need oxygen (aerobic) to grow and some are killed by oxygen
(anaerobic).

Streptococcus salivarious needs oxygen to grow. It gets these
oxygen from many of the foods we eat everyday. Actinomyces
does not need oxygen. It lives between your teeth where
oxygen has a much harder time reaching it and killing it.

The most destructive bacteria that hangs out in your mouth is
Streptococcus mutans.  This bacterium causes tooth decay and
cavities.

Streptococcus mutans is a sugar addict.  It metabolizes the
sugar and uses it to grow and multiply. In its growth process,
it produces a lot of acid as a side product which ends up
destroying your tooth enamel.
























How do you break up this party? First, never go to bed without
thoroughly brushing your teeth, roof our mouth, tongue and
gums. Then, use a moyth wash to kill the bacteria hiding in the
pockets and grooves of your tongue. Floss to get at the
Actinomyces bacteria which like hanging out between your
teeth.


Try flossing, and brushing your tongue. Your tongue is where
most of the bacteria hide.



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