Like millions of other people in America, your day can’t fully get underway until you’ve had a piping hot cup of coffee. While this may seem like a completely harmless daily ritual, it could secretly be taking a toll on your teeth. As you continue reading, your dentist in Clintonville reveals how your morning “cup of Joe” could be impacting your oral health!
How Coffee Can Affect Your Teeth
While coffee in the morning may seem like a habit that’s nearly impossible to curb, here are some key facts to take into consideration:
- The presence of tannin – Coffee contains a natural pigment called tannin. The chemical produces deep, dark stains that can be difficult or impossible to remove with regular dental hygiene.
- The acidity of coffee – The acids in coffee can display corrosive properties over time, contributing to enamel wear.
- The higher instance of halitosis – In addition to impacting the appearance and health of your teeth, frequently drinking coffee contribute to unpleasant breath.
When cream and sugar are added, a cup of coffee can become even more detrimental, as these ingredients can attract more oral bacteria.
Why Coffee isn’t Completely Bad
Research gathered in 2010 from the United States National Coffee Association show that 54% of Americans 18 and older drink coffee daily. Further statistics show that having a daily cup of coffee isn’t all bad, as coffee drinkers are 12% less likely to die from cancer, stroke, diabetes, heart or kidney failure or respiratory diseases. This can partly be attributed to its natural diuretic properties, as it can help to lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation.
Finding Some Balance
If you don’t plan on giving up coffee any time soon, it’s at least a good idea to make the necessary adjustments to your dental hygiene regimen. For starters, you should be sure to brush and floss at least two times a day. This will help to prevent leftover particles from getting trapped on and between your teeth that can soon change the appearance of your smile.
For the best results, perform dental hygiene around 30 minutes after drinking a cup of coffee. Therefore, you can lessen the impact on your smile.
If you’ve already developed stains, you can also talk to your dentist about the possibility of having your teeth whitened. By having the nagging stains lifted, you can enjoy a fresh-new start to your smile aesthetics and oral health!
About the Author
Dr. Eric Buck is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. He’s well aware of the huge role coffee plays in many of his patients’ lives, which is why he provides preventive and restorative care so they can still achieve a happy and healthy appearance. A member of several professional organizations, including the Ohio Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and others, Dr. Buck creates beautiful and healthy smiles at Creative Smiles. He can be reached for more information or to schedule a visit through his website.