Wine with dinner. Beer on game day. Friday night cocktail with friends. You can do that if you want. After all, you’re over 21 and drink responsibly. What you can’t handle is that alcohol breath smell. It’s a social thing and the last thing you want while being social is to have smelly breath. Why does imbibing even a little make your breath stink? How can you get rid of alcohol breath immediately? Here’s what we can tell you.
How To Manage Alcohol Breath
Medically Reviewed By Colgate Global Scientific Communications
How Alcohol Affects Your Breath
Alcohol, even though it’s a liquid, causes dehydration and less saliva production. This causes you to have a dry mouth. When your mouth is dry, bacteria grow. That makes your breath smell bad.
How to Get Rid of the Smell of Alcohol
Ideally, you should have a travel oral care kit (toothbrush, toothpaste, floss). Good oral care is the optimal way to keep your breath clean and fresh. However, it’s not always feasible to take care of your teeth when you’re out and about. That said, sugar-free mints and gums are excellent go-to’s for freshening up alcohol breath.
Also, did you know that only drinking more water can help alleviate bad breath? It’s true. That’s because having a dry mouth creates a haven for bacteria, which causes odor. There’s no saliva to wash it away. Alcohol has a diuretic effect. Drinking water while drinking alcohol can help you stay hydrated.
Additionally, water washes away left behind particles. Increase your water intake. It’s good for your breath and your overall health too.
It’s important to remember that covering up or masking the smell of alcohol does not cover up the effect alcohol can have on your brain and body. You may have minty breath, but your minty breath won’t make you drive well or pass a sobriety test. Only time can get the alcohol out of your system. Please drink responsibly.
You may notice you have bad breath after drinking alcohol. Having bad breath can put a damper on your social gathering. Having an oral care kit or sugar-free mints or gum on hand can help. Drinking water is a must. Drinking alcohol responsibly is as well.
This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.