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How Does Coffee Affect Your Smile?

September 9, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — waynedentistry @ 9:47 pm
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For over 50% of Americans over the age of 18, the day isn’t complete without a hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning or as a pick-me-up in the afternoon. Coffee actually has some benefits for your health including increasing your energy and providing you with essential nutrients. However, coffee isn’t the best thing for your smile for a couple different reasons. Your dentist explains what those are along with how teeth whitening in Wayne can help you reduce discoloration caused by coffee.

What Does Coffee Do to Your Teeth?

Even though coffee has some benefits, it can be harmful for your smile if you drink it too often, just like any other beverage that isn’t water. This is because it causes natural bacteria in the mouth to create acids that attack the teeth and leave them more vulnerable to tooth decay. If you are constantly sipping on it throughout the day or add sugar, your risk only gets higher. When you buy sweetened coffee drinks, your teeth will pay the price.

How Does Coffee Cause Staining?

As most people are aware, coffee has the potential to stain your teeth. This is because it contains an ingredient known as “tannins.” This type of polyphenol that breaks down in water, and it is also found in beverages like tea and wine. Since coffee is slightly acidic, it causes the enamel to wear down and can leave you even more vulnerable to discolorations. After sipping on coffee throughout the years, you’ll eventually notice that your teeth have begun to darken or have a yellow hew.

In What Ways Can You Protect Your Enamel?

Most coffee drinkers would prefer not to give up their morning beverage, despite this being the most obvious way to combat discoloration and protect your enamel from damage. If you are itching for your morning cup, try to drink it quickly. By using a straw, you can limit the amount of contact between the liquid and your teeth. After you finish your coffee, give your mouth a quick rinse using water and wait at least 30 minutes, so you don’t damage your already softened enamel.

How Can Teeth Whitening Help?

Discoloration can happen for a number of reasons, including the consumption of highly pigmented foods and beverages for long periods of time. This staining can be unsightly because everybody wants to have a bright, white smile. That’s why your dentist in Wayne provides at-home teeth whitening kits to reverse discoloration. With your kit, you will receive custom-made mouth trays along with a bleaching gel that is more powerful than anything you can find over the counter. After using them for about two weeks, your smile can whiten up to eight shades!

Even though coffee isn’t the best choice of beverage for your smile, you don’t need to give up your morning brew for good. By taking steps to reduce damage and discoloration, you can proceed with your morning worry-free.

About the Author

Dr. Dallas Pulliam has been working in the field of dentistry for over 35 years, most of them being at Wayne Family Dentistry. He earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania Dental School and is currently a member of the American Dental Association, Pennsylvania Dental Association, and the 2nd District Dental Society. For more information on take-home teeth whitening or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (610) 688-4578.

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