For many of us, it’s a staple of our mornings, a fixture throughout our workday, and a treat when we are out socializing. Americans love coffee. For example, every Fall, millions of us give in to the seasonal trend of pumpkin spice lattes. However, it’s important to realize coffee and your teeth have a tense relationship. Coffee easily stains teeth. Many of the flavorings and syrups used in specialty drinks are loaded with sugar, which increases the bacteria in your mouth that causes cavities. So it makes sense to take a moment and figure out the best ways to enjoy your favorite beverage but still keep your teeth bright. Greenwood Dental can guide you through the process and help you keep a healthy smile.
Coffee and Your Teeth
Coffee is well-known as hazardous to teeth, but there are things you can do besides cut it out completely. Here are some things to know about coffee’s effects on your oral health and diet, as well as how to mitigate them. Contrary to popular belief, the pigments that give coffee its color can stain your teeth regardless of whether you take your coffee black or with cream. These pigments embed themselves in microscopic crevices and pits in your tooth enamel and are difficult to remove. To counteract this, don’t give the pigments time to set.
When drinking coffee, drink quickly instead of sipping over a long period. Enjoy, then rinse your mouth with water to help neutralize the acid. Also, following your recommended schedule of dental cleanings can help prevent stains. Whitening can improve the color of your teeth if mild staining has started. Ask our doctor how best to keep your smile bright.
Coffee can have minor benefits for your nutrition, but there are also things to beware of. Drinks that are high in dairy fat or sugar can add substantial calories and contribute to the chance of tooth decay. Try making your coffee at home, where you can control the ingredients used. Minimize your use of creamer and sugar, or try using non-fat or sugar-free substitutes. Coffee can still be a healthy party of your life if you take some care to protect your teeth.
Ways to Keep Your Smile Bright
At Greenwood Dental, we understand it may not be possible for you to cut coffee out of your everyday life. Make us need that jolt of caffeine to get going in the morning and love the scent and taste. While it makes sense to reduce the amount of coffee you drink, the effects of coffee on your teeth can be lessened. We offer several cosmetic procedures that are simple and easily restore the glisten to your smile. Consider the following:
- Teeth whitening: This procedure is an easy way to keep your teeth bright. Our in-office whitening only takes one session and can be repeated as desired. Patients walk out of our offices with immediate results.
- Porcelain veneers: These are custom-made coverings designed to fit over your natural teeth. For some patients, years of drinking coffee have to lead to staining that can’t be rolled back through whitening. Veneers restore a uniform, natural color to your teeth. They can also fix any chips, cracks, or gaps in your teeth.
Coffee and your teeth are just one aspect to consider in maintaining a healthy smile. Here at Greenwood Dental, we’re eager to help you improve and maintain your oral health. We offer extensive general dental services such as
- Dental cleanings
- Fluoride treatments
- Tooth extractions
as well as other specialty services like