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Coffee drinkers may suffer from bad breath
Updated: 4/6/2011 7:00:07 PM

Individuals may need to eliminate coffee from their diets to avoid bad breath Anyone can fall victim to bad breath, but people who regularly drink coffee may be more susceptible to the unpleasant condition. A recent article published in the Toronto Sun highlighted the negative effects of bad breath and explained why an individual's morning caffeine fix may result in a foul-smelling mouth.

Doctor Harold Katz told the newspaper that coffee is naturally acidic, which means that it promotes the growth of certain bacteria that cause bad breath. He recommended that individuals drink tea instead, which is pH-neutral, but still contains caffeine.

Added ingredients such as cream and sugar may also exacerbate coffee's odor-causing effects, Katz explained to the news provider.

"The bacteria grow after digesting sugar and they also have the ability to extract sulfur compounds from dairy proteins," the expert noted.

According to the National Coffee Association, young Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 drink, on average, more than three cups of coffee daily.

Individuals who suffer from chronic bad breath should consult their dentist to determine the cause. Dry mouth and certain medications are common sources of the condition, along with odorous foods and drinks.

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