When we think about what causes bad breath, we often get images of onions, garlic, and other stinky foods. However, drinks can also cause bad breath, so it is important to make good decisions with your beverages.
The Dreaded Coffee Breath
Coffee is high in sulfur compounds, and that is one of the reasons that we ended up with the dreaded “coffee breath” after our morning cup. Coffee is also highly caffeinated, which dries out the mouth and slows down saliva production. A lack of saliva is as a major culprit for bad breath, as the saliva is necessary to rinse off food particles and bacteria from the teeth.
Another reason that coffee leaves you with bad breath is its strong odor. Coffee usually smells stronger than it tastes. When combined with other foul-smelling odors from foods and drinks, you can be left with terrible breath.
Preventing Coffee Breath
Fortunately, terrible coffee breath isn't inevitable. You can stop it before it starts by drinking water while you sip on your morning brew. You can also pair coffee with an odor-neutralizing breakfast, including apple slices or a plain piece of bread. Brushing and flossing your teeth, taking special care to brush the bacteria off of the tongue, will also help to rid your mouth of stinky odors.
If brushing your teeth isn't an option after your morning cappuccino, try chewing some sugar-free gum. Options that contain Xylitol will stimulate saliva production to wash away any odor-causing germs. Plus, with flavors like mint and cinnamon available, that stale taste will leave your mouth, too.
Whether you suffer from halitosis or the occasional stint of bad breath, it is important to have your oral health examined regularly. Give us a call today to set up your next appointment for a cleaning and evaluation.
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