If you are a true coffee addict, you have probably heard more times than you care to remember that “coffee is bad for your teeth.” Conversely, no coffee can be bad for your mood! Do you feel as if you have had to choose between your beloved coffee and your smile? Well, there’s hope. A lot of it! Here, we will talk about a few ways to protect your teeth without having to curb your coffee habit, at least not too much.
We know you’re stuck on that “not too much” statement, so we’ll start there . . .
Sipping on a steaming cup of java on your way to work is one thing, but lingering over cup after cup until lunchtime could be a habit that you want to break. Here’s why: the frequent sipping on coffee presents a challenge because there is not sufficient time for enamel to recover from exposure. The more you sip, the more you stain.
Now on to other teeth-protecting tips!
- Creaming up your coffee could be a good thing. Many people have been told that black coffee is the way to go. Not only do they avoid the danger of drinking their calories, but they also gain the most health benefits of their much-loved beverage. Two things to consider: One, research has shown that the tannins in coffee bind to the casein proteins in milk or cream. Second, research also suggests that a little more (healthy) fat in the diet does a body good!
- Go cold. A traditional hot brew can be more damaging due to an increased amount of acid and polyphenols. During the summer months, especially, an iced-coffee can be quite refreshing!
- Sip and rinse. Of the various tips that are offered for coffee drinkers. Rinsing the mouth after a cup has got to be one of the best. This is convenient and it does not have you behaving in an odd manner, like drinking your steaming coffee through a straw. Just remember, rinse, don’t brush. Enamel is somewhat fragile after exposure to the acidity of coffee.
What you do daily does affect your teeth. However, to enjoy your best smile does not mean you have to give up coffee. If your teeth are not as bright as they used to be, visit Advanced Dental Arts for a thorough cleaning and teeth whitening treatment.