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Morning Breath Versus Halitosis?

A woman in nightgown checking her breath.

It is rare to find an individual who hasn’t experienced bad breath. People of all ages can suffer from foul breath, especially in the morning or after eating potent foods. However, while bad breath is never welcome, it is important to understand when it is normal and when it is not. For example, having “morning breath” is very different than chronic halitosis. In fact, halitosis often needs a dentist’s attention.

If you are finding yourself needing breath mints or backing away from others when you talk in fear of your bad breath, let us help. Dr. Mitzi Morris in Roswell is equipped to help patients regain fresher breath – which starts with a healthier smile!

Understanding Morning Breath

No matter how long you brushed your teeth or swished with mouthwash before bed, you may still wake up with stinky breath in the morning. “Morning breath” is almost unavoidable. It occurs because our saliva production naturally slows down while we sleep, which is combined with the fact that bacteria also like to feed and multiple at night. When it comes to this type of breath odor, your toothpaste and toothbrush can typically remedy the concern fast.

What is Halitosis?

If your bad breath does not go away with brushing, flossing or mouthwash, you may have halitosis. Halitosis can be a symptom of serious dental or health issue that needs to be addressed. It can develop due to advanced tooth decay, infection or excessive oral bacteria. When bacteria feeds on the sugars we consume, it produces a foul-smelling sulfur compound. Relieving chronic bad breath must involve addressing the underlying oral health issue going on. In many cases, a professional cleaning at your dentist and better oral hygiene at home can bring lasting fresh breath.

When Your Bad Breath Demands Treatment

Treatment for halitosis depends on what is causing the bad odor. Often it is a dental problem. A decayed tooth, gum disease or a deep tooth infection can all release a bad odor. If a dental issue is causing your halitosis, you need to treat the issue as soon as possible. Removing decay, undergoing a root canal for an infected tooth or receiving gum disease treatment can resolve the oral health issue and put a stop to your chronic bad breath.

Halitosis should not be ignored. It is not only embarrassing, it is likely a symptom of a serious dental issue. Call Dr. Morris today to schedule a checkup and professional dental cleaning for your bad breath. Our dental team can determine whether you need dental treatment or if you should seek medical attention for your halitosis.

Posted on behalf of Mitzi D. Morris

1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

Phone: 678-459-2990

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Our Patient Reviews

Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C
  • I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.

    Marc Mamane

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Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

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