When it comes to kick-starting the day, many of us rely on a cup of joe. But what does it do to our teeth? Coffee lovers take note -Your morning routine might be affecting your dental health. This rule of thumb is unfortunately true about coffee: If it can stain your clothes, it can stain your teeth. Coffee contains ingredients called tannins. Tannins are a type of polyphenol that break down in water, and they are also found in beverages like wine or tea. Tannins cause colour compounds to more readily stick to your teeth. When these compounds stick, they can leave an unwanted yellow hue behind.
It only takes one cup of coffee a day to cause stained teeth. So how can you avoid tooth discolouration without giving up your favourite morning drink?
Start by avoiding creamer and sugar, dentists say, as these only speed up the growth of discolouring bacteria. Drink your coffee in one sitting to prevent bacteria build up throughout the day. Lastly, after you’re finished with your morning mug, brush your teeth.
Getting Rid of Stains.
If you’re a coffee lover, there’s no need to panic. Your dentist can usually get rid of coffee stains during your (periodontal therapy) cleaning.
Coffee’s Other Pitfalls
Like any drink that isn’t water, coffee helps the bacteria in your mouth create acids that can lead to tooth and enamel erosion. This can cause your teeth to become thin and brittle. Coffee can also cause bad breath, or halitosis, because it sticks to the tongue. To avoid these coffee problems, eat food before you drink coffee and use a tongue scraper and toothbrush after you finish drinking.
You can still drink coffee and maintain a white, healthy smile. To enjoy coffee and avoid oral damage, drink in moderation. Dentists suggest no more than two cups a day, plus regular brushing and visits to Braeside Dental.
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