Coffee Crisis: How to Prevent Bad Breath

December 5, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — guthrieddsteam @ 6:50 pm
Plain cup of coffee and saucer on a wooden table with spilled coffee beans

If you can barely function in the morning until after your first glorious cup of joe, you’re not alone. About 150 million Americans are coffee drinkers and consume an incredible 400 million cups daily. That means that a lot of people could potentially be suffering from one of the less pleasant side-effects of this beany beverage. Drinking it often causes bad breath and can make you feel too self-conscious to enjoy a friendly conversation with a friend or speak up at a work meeting.

While preventative dental care can certainly help mitigate the impact, there are other things you can do to keep this from occurring. Continue reading to learn more!

If you can barely function in the morning until after your first glorious cup of joe, you’re not alone. About 150 million Americans are coffee drinkers and consume an incredible 400 million cups daily. That means that a lot of people could potentially be suffering from one of the less pleasant side-effects of this beany beverage. Drinking it often causes bad breath and can make you feel too self-conscious to enjoy a friendly conversation with a friend or speak up at a work meeting.

While preventative dental care can certainly help mitigate the impact, there are other things you can do to keep this from occurring. Continue reading to learn more!

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Why Does Coffee Cause Bad Breath?

You probably are already familiar with the unpleasant scent left behind after enjoying a particularly strong cup of coffee, but do you know why it happens? There are a few reasons, and they are:

  • Xerostomia. This refers to the dry mouth you experience from reduced moisture production. Coffee contains caffeine which is a diuretic and can leave you dehydrated. Saliva is your body’s natural disinfectant that kills germs, rinses away unwanted food particles, and restores minerals to your enamel. Without it, toxic bacteria can flourish and cause a smelly odor.
  • Timing. People tend to drink their coffee after brushing their pearly whites in the morning. As a result, the germs it attracts have all day to grow and thrive in your mouth. They’ll coat your teeth and gums until the next time you brush and floss them.
  • Additives. Not everyone enjoys their coffee black, but unfortunately, adding ingredients only encourages the growth of dangerous microbes. When the bacteria in your mouth encounter protein particles, like those found in milk, they release waste in the form of volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs). This is what causes the actual aroma you’re trying to avoid.

How Can I Prevent Bad Breath from Drinking Coffee?

No one wants to feel like their breath is too gross to handle. Try these tips to prevent halitosis:

  • Brush with fluoride toothpaste. This strengthens your enamel, so bacteria don’t stick.
  • Floss twice daily. This removes any unwanted buildup from around your teeth and under your gumline.
  • Use mouthwash. Find an alcohol-free variety to avoid further dry mouth.
  • Drink water. This hydrates your system and rinses away leftover debris.
  • Eat yogurt. Researchers have found that yogurt contains healthy microbes that counterbalance the harmful ones.
  • Chew sugar-free gum. This can quickly revive your breath while stimulating additional saliva production.

By caring for your teeth properly, you can keep your smile clean and fresh no matter what you consume!

About the Author

Dr. Jamie Guthrie has been helping patients avoid dental problems ever since opening her own private practice in the summer of 2007. She earned a biology degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, then pursued her Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Oklahoma School of Dentistry. She continues adding to her expertise with 50 hours of ongoing education annually to provide the most current treatments using state-of-the-art technology. You’re welcome to request an appointment on the website or by calling (580) 224-9600.

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