How Does Drinking Alcohol Impact Bad Breath?

SUMMARY: Having a drink on a blind date or a night out catching up with old friends may ease nerves and get the conversation flowing, but it certainly won't contribute to long-lasting fresh breath.

Having a drink while you're on a blind date or catching up with old friends may ease nerves and get the conversation flowing, but it may take a toll on your first impression. Alcohol is known to cause dehydration, which will start by drying out the mouth. The production of saliva is critical to a healthy and fresh wet whistle. Without it, bad breath germs have the capability to multiply rapidly, causing unfortunate bad breath - at the most inconvenient times.

Fortunately, there are simply ways to relieve dry mouth and keep your positive reputation from vanishing under atrocious breath. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Keep alcoholic beverage consumption to a minimum
    Sure, you may be drinking alcoholic beverages to keep the edge off on your night out, but it could take a turn for the worst, causing bad breath that your blind date has no interest in smelling again. To avoid this, keep the drinking to a minimum.
    Couple laughing on a romantic date
    Stick to one alcoholic drink on your night out to avoid dry mouth that leads to bad breath.
  2. Drink plenty of water
    Instead of filling up on beer, cocktails or glasses of wine, drinks lots of water. It'll keep saliva production at healthy levels and keep your breath from going rancid. If you're going to continue consuming alcoholic drinks, just be sure to follow up each beverage with an 8 ounce glass of water to rehydrate the dry tissue. Not only will this keep your breath fresh, but it can keep you from dehydrating and feeling not-so-swell in the morning.
  3. Take a break to chew on gum or breath mint
    If you don't plan to eat or drink any more while you're out on the town, turn to an immediate solution for dry mouth and bad breath. TheraBreath Advanced Formula Chewing Gum and Dry Mouth Lozenges are quick solutions for bad breath when you're on the go. Just pop one in your mouth and let the advanced formula neutralize bad breath odor, maintain moisture and soothe any other dry mouth symptoms you may be experiencing.
    "Alcohol-based mouthwash can cause dry mouth that leads to bad breath."
    Is alcohol in mouthwash harmful?
    Because alcohol is a harsh drying agent, alcohol-based mouthwash can cause dry mouth that leads to bad breath as well. But that doesn't mean you should avoid mouthwash all around - it's a recommended step to take in your oral care regimen that can eliminate bacteria left behind after brushing and flossing. The solution? Using mouthwash that's free of alcohol!

TheraBreath Oral Rinse, for example, is alcohol-free, has no artificial colors and doesn't burn, making for a healthy, effective and comfortable cleansing experience. Plus, clinical tests show that using TheraBreath Oral Rinse protects you from bad breath for at least 12 hours.

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