Nothing wakes you up, and makes you happier about being awake in the first place, than a cup of coffee. It smells incredible while brewing, tastes like heaven, and gives us a necessary boost of energy. Then there’s the dreaded coffee breath that sticks around well after you’ve finished your cup. Not so divine.
The caffeine we love for its jumpstarting qualities also reduces saliva production, causing dry mouth. This the first issue because saliva helps clear out the gunk in our mouths that leads to bad breath. The next issue is coffee’s acidity levels, which lowers your mouth’s pH and allows odor-causing bacteria to grow.
Many people avoid drinking coffee when socializing due to this reason. But the good news is that you can now enjoy your cup of coffee and avoid the dreaded coffee breath!
Here are some tips to avoid coffee breath:
Cut down sugar and milk
It is believed that sugar and milk results in the odor-causing bacteria. So you can cut down on sugar and milk in your coffee. And you can always replace sugar with a healthy substitute like honey. Try to avoid milk in you coffee, but if you wish to add milk, only add a little.
Have some yogurt
Yogurt also has the odor-neutralizing power, so it helps to eliminate the odor causing smelly bacteria from your mouth after you drink your coffee and replaces it with good bacteria.
Gulp down water
Always drink lots of water before and after drinking coffee, this will help you a great deal to keep away the bad breath. The water that you gulp down will clean the bacteria that causes odor in your mouth. If you wish to try flavor infused water, squeeze some fresh lemon juice into the water or drink fresh fruit infused water instead of plain water.
The first thing that you can reach out for is chewing gum. It is one of the best and affordable solutions and it’s easily available. Chew your favorite mint flavored chewing gum. After your cup of coffee, toss a chewing gum in your mouth, it will prevent the acids in coffee from lingering on your teeth, fight the bacteria as well as whiten your teeth.