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August 12, 2022

Q: How Do I Get Rid Of Coffee Breath?

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You love coffee, but not how it makes your breath smell. While the scent of coffee brewing can smell delicious, the coffee breath it gives you doesn’t resemble the same soothing aroma. Coffee breath can turn your favourite cup of joe into an “oh no!” 

But this doesn’t mean you should deny yourself coffee forever. Let’s take a look at its cause and how you can deal with coffee breath. 

What Causes Coffee Breath?

Caffeine in coffee can cause dry mouth by slowing saliva production, which can lead to bad breath. Bad bacteria naturally forms in the mouth, and without saliva to wash the bacteria away, the germs that cause bad breath will grow out of control. 

In addition, saliva helps to digest leftover food particles and if your mouth isn’t producing enough saliva, it can cause a bad odour. 

How To Get Rid Of Coffee Breath?

To solve your coffee breath problem, you don’t have to sacrifice your daily morning cup. Here are some easy ways to help you eliminate coffee breath:

  • Brushing with fluoride toothpaste
  • Rinsing your mouth with a mouthwash or rinse, especially after drinking coffee
  • Drinking water to keep your mouth from going dry and washing away any leftover food particles
  • Chewing sugarless gum to stimulate your saliva production
  • Consider switching to green tea. A study showed that antioxidants in green tea can fight multiple causes of bad bacteria.

There are many ways to fight coffee breath, including continuing with proper oral hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing. We advise patients to NOT brush their teeth straight after consuming coffee as the drink is acidic and therefore goes right to work on eroding the protective enamel on your teeth. Brushing immediately after drinking coffee will cause enamel loss so wait about an hour before brushing. 

Do you need help getting rid of your bad breath? Or are you looking for support in treating your dry mouth? While bad breath after drinking coffee is normal, persistent bad breath could be an indication of a tooth problem, such as gum disease or a cavity. Book an appointment at one of our Winnipeg locations today and we’ll ensure your mouth is in tip-top shape. Dental Image Therapy Centres are conveniently located at St. Vital Centre and Garden City Shopping Centre. 

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