Do you have a hard time getting through your morning without a cup of coffee? We understand how this can be a daily struggle! However, there are several reasons to skip your daily cup. In addition to saving your bank account, cutting down on your coffee can be largely beneficial to your oral health. Here are just a few surprising ways in which coffee can be harmful to your mouth.
Coffee stains your teeth.
The staining effects of coffee may come as no surprise to you—this is one of the most well-known things to avoid if you want whiter teeth. A few reasons for this: your dental enamel is not as smooth as you may think. The white surface of your teeth actually has quite a few microscopic nooks and crannies on the surface of it. When you drink coffee, the dark pigmentation of the liquid gets trapped in these ridges, causing a stain. Also, this beverage is very acidic and, therefore, leaves a yellow residue on your teeth. The best way to prevent the staining effects of coffee (besides avoidance) is to drink coffee with a straw to keep the liquid away from the outer surfaces of your teeth.
Coffee erodes your dental enamel.
Coffee is quite acidic. Unfortunately, acidic foods and beverages can damage your teeth, as they wear down on your dental enamel over time. Coffee is particularly harmful to your dental enamel if you tend to drink it with sugar. Sugar feeds the bacteria in plaque that collects on the surfaces of your teeth. After drinking your sugary coffee, this bacteria releases even more acids onto the dental enamel. Over time, this can cause tooth decay and cavities. Therefore, we recommend that you stick to black coffee. You can also swish water in your mouth immediately after drinking it, as this will help wipe away the harmful residue on your teeth. Remember, though; you should wait one hour to brush your teeth after drinking coffee, as brushing immediately after drinking an acidic beverage can cause even more damage to your teeth. For this reason, you should try to drink your coffee quickly, rather than sipping it slowly at your desk. The sooner you can get to brushing away coffee residue, the better!
Coffee can cause halitosis.
Halitosis, otherwise known as bad breath, is a common result of drinking coffee. This is caused by the caffeine in coffee, as it can dry out the saliva in your mouth. Saliva is important for washing away odor-causing bacteria that ultimately lead to bad breath. Therefore, to fight “coffee breath,” try chewing on sugar-free gum. This will help to generate more saliva that will rinse away harmful bacteria.
If you would like to remove years worth of coffee stains from the surface of your teeth, we can help! With our professional whitening treatment, you can have beautiful white teeth in just one appointment. To schedule your appointment, contact Steger Smiles today!