Aside from the famously revolting coffee breath that coffee-drinkers experience, coffee also takes a harmful toll on your teeth. If you think you are drinking conservatively, think again. Even just one cup a week can leave a lasting impact if you don’t take special precautions to avoid the harmful effects on your teeth.
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How Does Coffee Hurt My Teeth?
Perhaps the biggest effect coffee drinkers experience on their teeth are stains. “If it can stain your clothes, it can stain your teeth,” says healthline.com , a good rule of thumb to keep in mind. Like other pigmented drinks (wines, teas, etc.) the tannins in coffee leave your teeth yellow and dull.
Another problem with coffee is that many people use sugar and creamers to sweeten up their joe. However, these sweeteners escalate the yellowing process in your tooth’s enamel and creates a perfect environment for plaque to form on your teeth, leading to gum disease and decay. The bacteria in your mouth consume the sugars, creating an acidic environment in your mouth where plaque thrives and begins to form at an exponential rate.
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Drinking coffee in the morning, afternoon, or throughout the day adds to the trouble: continual exposure with no proper cleaning in between prolongues the damage, allowing the tannins to sit longer on your teeth and the bacteria to continue to feed the plaque.
How to Thwart the Negative Effects of Coffee on Your Teeth
- Carry a toothbrush and flosser with you. Take a moment after you finish your coffee to rinse your mouth out with water, flush out the tannins, sugar, and forming plaque, and scrub your pearly whites clean, saving them from the staining and decaying effects of coffee.
- Eat a Fruit or Veggie Snack: The fiberous, crunchy texture of these foods act as natural toothbrushes on the teeth as you chew. Apples, celery, and carrots are your best bet.
- Drink water in between coffee. Water helps rinse your mouth out AND flouridates your teeth, strengthening them against the formation of cavities.
- If you must sip, sip through a straw. Limit the amount of contact between your teeth and the coffee by drinking through a straw .
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At Platinum Dental Care, we provide professional whitening solutions to brighten your smile even if your teeth have been stained by a coffee habit. Do not hesitate to call and make an appointment at any Platinum Dental Care location throughout Utah. Whether you are a coffee drinker or not, Platinum Dental Care, a dentist in Utah, is sure to be the, “dentist near me,” that you and your family are looking for.
Dr. Durran t is a dentist in Sugarhouse . He loves foods that stain, which is why he also loves carrying around a waterbottle and toothbrush wherever he goes. Is he the best dentist in Utah? Certainly the most passionate! Maybe you are not a coffee drinker, but if you are hoping to straighten , whiten , or lengthen your teeth, Dr. Durrant can help you out (even though he is a dentist in Sugarhouse. )