You could enjoy coffee, but you probably don't like how it makes your breath smell.
You may have to pay a price for enjoying your preferred beverage, such as coffee breath and an uneasy, dry feeling in your mouth.
While the aroma of freshly brewed coffee can be delightful, coffee breath does not have the same soothing effect.
Many people find the smell of coffee breath in themselves and others to be unpleasant. There are ways to get rid of coffee breath if you're one of them.
What causes it?
Sulfur-containing fragrance molecules develop during the roasting of coffee beans. These substances can cause bad breath in addition to the acid in coffee.
Dry mouth, another side effect of coffee, can make bad breath worse. Caffeine, a mildly dehydrating substance, contributes to coffee's ability to cause dry mouth. Another factor is a chemical called tannins that is present in coffee.
You may have observed that after drinking a cup of coffee, your mouth feels parched. This feeling is known as astringency by baristas. Tannins found in coffee, tea, and other plants play a role in astringency.
Bacteria that are left in your mouth multiply and create sulfur gas, also known as volatile sulfur compounds. These are a major contributor to bad breath (halitosis).
How to get rid of it
If giving up coffee in return for fresh breath doesn't sound tempting, these tips can help:
- Take Breath Pearls Soft Gels before and after drinking coffee
- Brush your teeth with our Breath Pearls Smile Toothpaste
- Chew sugarless gum
- Gargle with mouthwash
- Chew on fresh, raw parsley
- Drink a large glass of water
How to avoid it
It may seem counterintuitive, but drinking your coffee black may be better for your breath than drinking it with lots of add-ins.
In a recent study, it was discovered that 2% of coffee was helpful for decreasing volatile sulfuric substances and the odor they produce, as instead of increasing them.
This implies that the main cause of your coffee breath is the milk or sugar you've been stirring into your cup. Adding sweeteners to your coffee may worsen your breath because bacteria feeds on sugar.
Try mixing your coffee with a cinnamon stick or vanilla bean rather than sugar if you find it difficult to give up that extra sweet flavor. Sugar alternatives may also be an option.
Acidic and sulfuric compounds found in coffee can cause coffee breath
Coffee also has a drying effect on your mouth since it reduces saliva production.
Without saliva to wash them away Bacteria can produce foul-smelling chemicals, making coffee breath worse.
Coffee breath can be eliminated with good dental hygiene practices. Try our Breath Pearls Smile Toothpastes and Breath Pearls Softgels if you haven’t yet.