How to Avoid Coffee Breath

Two Methods:Adjusting Your Coffee Drinking HabitsEating Odor-Neutralizing Snacks

Many people love coffee but most of us don't like the smell of the breath we get after drinking a cup of joe. The bad breath is caused by a bacteria that dries out your mouth and gives it a bad odor. The good news is you can avoid it!

Method 1
Adjusting Your Coffee Drinking Habits

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    Drink lots of water before and after coffee. Water helps to clean out the odor-causing bacteria. Drink a small cup of water before and after your coffee.
    • Try flavored water. Are you bored of drinking plain water? Try flavored water. Flavored water does the same job by eliminating the bacteria in your mouth and giving you a fresh breath.
    • Lemon water, orange water, and clove flavored water are a good choices.
  2. 2
    Add less sugar and milk to your coffee. Sugar and milk can cause the bad odor bacteria in your mouth.[citation needed] Cut out the sugar and replace it with honey or other sweeteners. Avoid adding milk to your coffee. If you really want milk with your coffee then, add less milk than you usually do.

Method 2
Eating Odor-Neutralizing Snacks

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    Eat an apple. Apple eliminates the odor causing bacteria by producing more saliva and it neutralizes the smell of your breath.[citation needed]
  2. 2
    Chew cloves. Cloves have a pungent flavor. Chomp on a clove for a minute or two and then spit it out. This will give you a fresh breath and remove the coffee breath as well!
  3. 3
    Eat ginger. Ginger also has a really good flavor, so eat a small piece of ginger after coffee to remove that bad bacteria.[citation needed]
    • Ginger cookies work well too. You can eat a cookie with or after coffee.
  4. 4
    Chew gum. This is one best cheap and affordable solution to your coffee breath. After your cup of joe, drink a glass of water and chew mint flavored gum. This will fight the bacteria as well as whiten your teeth.
    • Lemon flavor is also a good option.
  5. 5
    Have yogurt for breakfast. A Japanese study says that yogurt has the power to eliminate the odor causing smelly bacteria from your mouth.[citation needed] The bacteria in the yogurt replaces the odor causing agent in your tongue and mouth with good ones.
    • If you're not a fan of yogurt, probiotic pills can do the job but make sure to consult your physician before taking any.


  • If you drink coffee 2-3 times a day then the best possible way to remove bacteria is water and gum.
  • Brush your teeth with a mint-flavored toothpaste.


  • Don't eat any pills without consulting your doctor.
  • Don't overeat any of the above mentioned snack/food.

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