Posted on: January 12, 2009 Posted by: Nicole Harding Comments: 0

Coffee is almost universally accepted as the preferred drink of choice for most people’s daily routine. In most cases, at least during a week of work, you look to get your much-needed cup of Joe as quickly as you can in the morning, and perhaps several more times throughout the day! What is the downfall to this boost of caffeine? The terrible smelling breath you can taste, and smell on yourself as soon as you finish. You may have an interview or a morning meeting. Either way, you do not want any colleagues and/ or clients and customers to get a whiff of your coffee breath. Read on to find out how you can get rid of coffee breath from your routine without getting rid of coffee itself!

1. Drink lots of water.

Drinking a beverage with high levels of caffeine is actually scientifically proven to decrease saliva and saliva production, which, in turn, causes the mouth to become very dry. This also increases the possibility of bacteria growth. The best way to prevent bad breath before it starts is to drink lots of water before and after your daily cup of coffee.

2. Breath Test.

If you seriously cannot smell or taste the signs of bad breath, an easy way to find out is the obvious sign of your colleague’s or friends’ attempt to avoid speaking with you. Now the most important thing you should do every morning before you see, speak, or even dare to have a conversation with someone else is to smell your own breath.

The obvious and most well known method is to breathe into your palm, and quickly smell the results. Although it may not work, another great way to tell is to lick the back of your hand, and give that a smell. This gives you an idea of how the bacteria has been building up in the your mouth which may be limited in the amount of saliva it holds. You should seriously consider avoiding this method in public, as you are likely going to get some odd stares! Save yourself the embarrassment by doing this when nobody else is around or watching.

3. Brush your teeth.

Hopefully you have taken back your Columbian-style beverage before you have left the house. The obvious and most effective way to lose the terrible odour that is now sitting in your mouth is to simply get to your bathroom and brush your teeth. Brushing your teeth will leave you with the fresh, minty feeling you love after a nice cleaning from the dentist.

4. Stay fresh.

If you do take your cup of coffee to go, please make sure you have a back-up plan, if only for the sake of your colleagues. A favourite method to help your mouth get back to the fresh state you had before you drank your cup of coffee is to have a pack of gum with you at all times. This is great for quick encounters with others as you can quickly push a piece out of the pack and into your mouth. Other great alternatives to a pack of gum include mints, or you can gargle mouthwash if you ever have it on hand. Get a small travel-sized bottle of mouthwash to take care of this for you.

5. Eat fresh fruit.

Maybe you haven’t eaten breakfast before your morning coffee, but you likely should! Many studies show that fruits and vegetables are full of fibre, which is actually a natural way to increase saliva production. Because your saliva is naturally decreased from the caffeine intake, eating fresh fruit can help jumpstart the production of saliva to get you back on this right track. This will help combat the coffee breath. Some great examples of these high fibre items include apples, berries, pineapple, and kiwis.

6. Keep good hygiene.

A great way to prevent coffee breath and bad breath in general is to start and maintain healthy hygiene practices. Flossing and brushing your teeth are great hygiene methods that will keep your breath smelling and tasting minty fresh. Not only will these hygiene methods mask and get rid of your coffee breath, they will also help prevent future bad breath from occurring throughout the day.

7. Stop drinking coffee.

If you do not want to hear the possible negative side effects of coffee, and will not stop drinking coffee, consider skipping this method. I know this is not a great option for many of you, as coffee provides the kick-start to the day and tastes so good. But let’s be honest, you can’t blame the coffee for making your breath smell bad, as you’re the one who is actually deciding to drink it. We know that there are multiple negative side effects of coffee, so you might be better off stopping your habits anyways. Some of the effects include ulcers, heartburn, a decrease in mineral absorption, and stress, to name just a few.

8. Eat strong tasting foods.

Strong foods are another simple way to mask the stench of the coffee on your breath. Although it will not permanently get rid of the smell that has occurred, it will mask it for a short time frame at the very least. If you want the smell of coffee off your breath, I suggest you eat strong tasting foods. It may also not be the greatest smelling food after you eat it, but at least it will get rid of the coffee breath right? Perhaps you should stay away from curry or onions, however, as they’re not much better options!
Remember to always be aware of how your breath smells, and realized that your breath is not going to smell great after you drink a cup of coffee. The methods discussed above will all work in some way or another to help you get rid of coffee breath. Perhaps some might work more than others, so try these suggestions out to find the ones that work best for you. Have a great day, and good luck getting your breath back to normal!

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