Milk and alcohol may cause bad breath separately or together
SUMMARY: In addition to potentially putting individuals at risk of blackouts, a new alcoholic dairy beverage may also cause pungent bad breath.
Posted: December 16, 2010
In addition to potentially putting individuals at risk of blackouts, a new alcoholic dairy beverage may also cause pungent bad breath.
The TIME Magazine Newsfeed reports that adults may look forward to Adult Chocolate Milk in lieu of Four Loko, a caffeinated alcoholic beverage that was lately pulled from shelves due to its connection to teen binge drinking and hospitalizations. The new beverage contains milk, cocoa and 40-proof alcohol.
Milk breath, or halitosis caused by lactic acid, is a common side effect of consumption of milk, cream or other dairy products. When bathed in milk, which is naturally mildly acidic, the tongue and palate become a breeding ground for odor-causing bacteria. In the absence of saliva, which is basic, those bacteria may thrive on lactic acid and the proteins and lipids milk contains, leading to off-putting milk breath.
The product above could do one’s breath another disservice by throwing alcohol into the equation. Alcohol tends to dry the mouth, which like the presence of acid results in the removal of cleansing saliva. Once dry, and particularly when coated with sticky lactose molecules, the mouth begins to breed bacteria that cause halitosis.
To avoid milk breath and alcohol-related halitosis, individuals are encouraged to brush daily and to use specialty breath freshening products to moisten the mouth and neutralize odors.