For many of us, our days don’t really start until we’ve had at least one cup of coffee to get going. Coffee definitely puts some pep in our steps, but did you know that it also affects dental aesthetics and health? Keep reading to learn more from our Glendale dentists…
Many dark and richly colored drinks leave color deposits on natural dental enamel, and coffee is no exception. The tannin in coffee can cause your teeth to appear yellow, brown, and dull. This type of discoloration accumulates and compounds over time. The good news is that there are whitening products and professional treatments that will minimize dental stains and help restore your enamel to its original color.
Because coffee is acidic, it temporarily softens natural dental enamel upon contact. While your enamel is in this softened state, you don’t want to brush your teeth or pick at your dental enamel with abrasive tools. Instead, rinse your mouth with water, and wait for about one half of an hour before brushing.
Keep in mind that any sugars or syrups that you use in your coffee will affect how your morning cup of joe affects your smile. The oral bacteria that cause dental cavities and periodontal disease use sugars and refined carbohydrates as fuel, so the more sugar you take in your coffee, the higher your risk of developing oral health problems. Stick to your dentist-recommended dental hygiene plan to minimize bacteria.
Our Glendale dentists help our patients develop oral hygiene plans that minimize unwanted effects from environmental agents, like coffee. Take control of your smile with our help and support!