Coffee addicts…Read this !!!!
Ahh! Nothing beats a warm cup of coffee. It’s energizing in its own way and for many is an integral part of the morning routine. You might even reach for a second cup when you’re feeling sleepy and grumpy by the afternoon. But how is all of that coffee affecting your dental health, and what can you do to reduce its negative effects on your pearly whites?
What causes Coffee Stains your teeth ?
- Coffee contains ingredients called TANNINS, which are a type of polyphenol that breaks down in water. They are also found in beverages like wine and tea. Tannins cause coloured compounds to stick to your teeth. When these compounds stick, they can leave an unwanted yellowish brownish stains behind. These stains are not easily removed during brushing and requires professional tooth cleaning
- There are microscopic ridges and pits within the enamel of every tooth, and when you eat and drink, they can hold onto particles. That means that a dark drink like coffee could actually embed itself into your enamel, causing unsightly yellowing of the teeth.
The best way to prevent those stains is by avoiding coffee, but we know that the need for caffeine is strong, so you probably won’t be giving it up just because your teeth might be yellowed by it. Instead, you can incorporate the following strategies into your coffee drinking routine:
- Don’t sip your coffee throughout the day. Enjoy it at certain times, such as with breakfast and during an afternoon break. When you’re finished, rinse your mouth with water and/or brush your teeth.
- Avoid getting coffee directly on your teeth by drinking it through a straw.
- Consuming raw fruits and veggies can help. They have natural fiber that can help keep those stains away from your teeth.
- Follow a dental hygiene routine at home that involves brushing at least twice a day,
- talk to us about professional whitening options. We can alternatively give you a At- home tooth bleaching kit which can help whiten up your teeth.
- get regular tooth cleanings, scaling done We recommend scaling atleast twice a year.
- Additionally, consider making the switch from a manual toothbrush to an electric toothbrush, which provides more cleaning power.
- Make sure you brush at least twice a day for two minutes.
CAN coffee cause Bad Breath?
In addition to staining your teeth, coffee might even lead to the development of bad breath. This is because the beverage sticks to your tongue. Thankfully, you can prevent offensive coffee breath by brushing your teeth and using a tongue scraper after you’re done drinking. To help prevent bad breath, you can also try eating some food before you drink your coffee.
Coffee cause dryness in your mouth!
It might sound counterintuitive because coffee is a drink, after all, but it could have drying effects on your mouth by inhibiting saliva production. Without enough saliva, it becomes harder for your body to keep your mouth clean and balanced naturally.reduction in saliva in your mouth can also lead to poor oral hygiene, gum infections and cavities.
Can coffee Weaken my Teeth?
Yes it can. Coffee is an acidic beverage. This means that it could actually help bacteria within your mouth make acids that lead to enamel erosion. Over time, your teeth might become brittle and thin. And when teeth are weakened, they become more susceptible to a host of other problems, including sensitivity, cavities, and decay. Plus, if you are adding a lot of sugar and cream to your coffee, you could be doing more harm.
Everything in Moderation Is the Key!
To prevent the damage that coffee could potentially cause to your teeth, enjoy it in moderation. Experts recommend that you limit your intake to just two cups per day. Also brush and floss your teeth daily and see your dentist for cleanings to remove stains. At ivory smiles dental clinic, you can rest assured that your smile will always be white and bright, regardless of how much you love coffee, with professional teeth cleaning ad teeth whitening services. So go ahead and indulge, but do not forget to visit us for your regular cleaning sessions.
To schedule your regular cleaning or tooth whitening sessions contact us at 9008647868 or log on to www.ivorysmilesdentalclinic.com.