Think twice before blaming coffee for bad breath

Aug 5, 2011|

Coffee.  A beverage loved by so many, but blamed for making breath smell less than pleasant. Many affectionately refer to this coffee induced bad breath as coffee breath.    What if I told you that contrary to popular belief coffee is not to blame for bad breath, but actually might help inhibit bad breath.   Thats right, according to a study at Tel Aviv University in 2009, coffee contains an extract that actually can hinder the bacteria that leads to bad breath.[1,2]   So why does it seem like after drinking coffee a foul odor can be found on the breath?  According to Mel Rosenberg, a breath specialist at Tel Aviv University, people blame coffee for bad breath because coffee makes the mouth dehydrated.[1,2]  A dehydrated mouth can lead to potent breath when mixed with substances like milk.[1,2]

 Moral of the story " maybe think twice before you blame your coffee for your bad breath.

Here are some tips to help combat bad breath. http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/change-your-breath-from-bad-to-good



To read the full article on bad breath and coffee, click on one of the links below.
Sources:
1. CNN.com-http://articles.cnn.com/2009-06-30/health/coffee.bad.breath_1_bad-breath-taster-s-choice-aroma?_s=PM:HEALTH

2. MSNBC.com-  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31548174/ns/health-health_care/t/dont-blame-coffee-your-morning-breath/#.Tjv4-GEogwc

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