Do you drink a cup of coffee to start off the day? A study by the National Coffee Association says that approximately 54% of Americans drink coffee daily, and another 25% of Americans drink coffee “occasionally.” While coffee may be good for keeping you awake, it is detrimental to the look of your teeth. Coffee stains your teeth through its acidity, making your teeth decay. Coffee may also make your mouth feel dry, as the drink lessens the production of saliva. However, many cannot curb their coffee-drinking addiction, so lessening its impact is the next best option. Below are some tips to keep your teeth pearly-white.
- Drink Less: The National Coffee Association says that the average coffee consumption in the US is about three cups of coffee per day. By cutting down on the amount of coffee you drink, your teeth will have less daily damage on them. This ultimately slows the destruction of your teeth by coffee.
- Drink Differently: Do you drink your coffee in a mug over the span of a few hours? This is the worst way to drink coffee if you are trying to save your teeth from staining and damage. Drinking your coffee through a straw prevents it from besmirching your smile, as the end of the straw is typically behind your teeth. Coffee thus has less contact with the enamel, preventing damage. Drinking coffee quickly also prevents this prolonged exposure. If you drink your coffee over a short period of time, the coffee is less likely to stain since it is not constantly coming in contact with your teeth.
- Brush After Drinking: Brushing or rinsing your teeth removes more coffee residue, giving it less time to impact your teeth. This stops the acidic coffee from sitting on your teeth and causing harm.
If your teeth are already stained or damaged as a result of your coffee addiction, you can use whitening treatments, but these will only solve cosmetic issues. Try to utilize these tips in order to reduce the damage done by your morning coffee on your teeth. Give us a call today if you have any questions about coffee and your smile!