How to Get Rid of Coffee Breath
How do you take your coffee? Hot or cold? Just black or with extra sugar and almond milk? No matter how you drink it, you’re going to have its lingering effects with you—and we don’t mean the burst of energy from caffeine, because non-caffeinated coffee causes the same outcome. Coffee breath is what turns your favorite cup of Joe into a cup of ‘oh no!’ If you can still taste it in your mouth, everyone will be able to smell it on your breath.
Fresh coffee has a strong smell and the tempting aroma is one of the key reasons so many people like to drink it. It’s also readily available just about everywhere from locally-owned shops to gas stations to fast-food restaurants. Your bank probably brews a pot for customers to enjoy as they wait for assistance. With all this coffee being consumed, it’s a good idea to know how to deal with and get rid of coffee breath.
How does coffee cause bad breath?
Foods and drinks that have strong flavors are more likely to have a stinky impact on your breath. Coffee in your cup smells bold and delicious. Coffee on your breath does not. That strong flavor includes a high level of acidic, sulfur compound.
Coffee’s pick-me-up ingredient, caffeine, actually dries out your mouth by slowing down saliva production. Saliva keeps the bacteria that peacefully live in your mouth from overpopulation. Unchecked, this bacteria also start feeding on any protein you haven’t had time to brush, floss or rinse from your mouth. This bacteria releases Volatile Sulfur Compounds or sulfur gas which is what you breathe out of your mouth.
Stop your coffee breath
To solve your bad coffee breath, you don’t have to sacrifice your daily coffee. There are several ways to get rid of coffee breath. Just add some of these helpful tips to your daily schedule:
- Drink water to keep your mouth from going dry. It can also wash away any leftovers from between your teeth and gums.
- Switch to green tea. Yes, according to an article in the Archives of Oral Biology, green tea extract helps remove the stinky sulfurs produced by tooth decay. It also helps stimulate your saliva production.
- Eat yogurt as part of your morning routine. Researchers have found that yogurt has ‘good’ bacteria which can help decrease the smelly bacteria and reduce the sulfur gas.
Go ahead and relax
Caffeine is a great way to boost your energy, especially in the morning. That excess energy may also have a dark side by increasing your level of anxiety. Research suggests increased stress could be a direct link to bad breath. More coffee can lead to a more jittery you and could be causing a higher concentration of sulfur gas in your mouth. Give your coffee cup a rest by taking a walk or practicing some deep breathing exercises, instead.
Remember your dental care
You can have your coffee and fresh breath, too. Enjoy every cup and make sure you follow your normal dental routine twice per day.
- Brush with fluoride toothpaste
- Floss carefully between every tooth
- Use an alcohol-free mouthwash