It can happen when someone has had a lot of alcohol to drink, someone can smell something foul on their breath. It is important not to ignore this sign as it can mean there is a sign of damage to the digestive system. To avoid having a smelly breath, you should abstain from alcohol and take better care of your health. Alcohol and bad breath are in fact connected.
Alcohol and Bad Breath
Having bad breath comes from problems with your esophagus and acid reflux, leading to mouth and throat cancer. Bad breath is a buildup of bacteria. When you consume alcohol in large quantities, it can dehydrate and dry out your mouth which leads to saliva reduction. If there is no saliva cleaning the mouth, bacteria will form. Drinking leads to small particles going into the digestive system and on tooth enamel. When you exhale, the smell will come back to your mouth even after just one night of heavy drinking. Alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream through the lining of the stomach and the small intestine, causing the digestive process to be ignored. Damage to the esophagus can lead to heartburn and acid reflux which causes bad breath. Too much alcohol can also lead to excessive vomiting which also affects your breath.
Is It a Drinking Problem?
To avoid having bad breath as a result of drinking, keep yourself hydrated by drinking a lot of water to make sure you produce enough saliva. Periodically snack on foods while you drink like how bars serve popcorn, nuts, pretzels, and other snacks to produce enough saliva and allow the alcohol to absorb some of the food. Chewing gum can also cause excessive saliva production which will also help your breath smell good. Alcohol can also seep through your pores which causes the boozy scent to come from your body. Take a shower using strong-smelling soaps, shampoos, and conditioners to eliminate the smell of alcohol.
It is also important to maintain your oral hygiene like brushing your teeth, tongue, and flossing to get rid of excess food particles. Use strong toothpaste with menthol which is very effective at getting rid of alcohol breath. You should also try an alcohol-free mouthwash and sprays even though the effects tend to be short-lasting. There are also natural remedies against bad breath such as mint, ginger, and citrus fruits like lemons. Bad breath can turn people away from you or make them feel uncomfortable so take good care of your health.
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