There is no doubt that coffee is one of the most consumed beverages. its flavor and its stimulating properties are ideal to help you face the day with energy. however, if you are a large consumer of this drink, it is important that you know what are the effects of coffee on your teeth. From prunus dental clinic we give you more information about it.
drinking coffee: a daily habit
Many people consume coffee several times a day -the average in Spain is 4 cups a day-. Without a doubt, it is one of the drinks that has penetrated more deeply in society, and its consumption is an almost cultural habit. however, as with almost any food, when consumed in large amounts, it can have certain effects on your body. If we focus on the effects of coffee at the oral level, it is important that you know that the appearance of your teeth can be altered by this practice.
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yellow and stained teeth
one of the main effects of coffee on your teeth is changes in the coloration of tooth enamel. the tannins that coffee contains, although they have antioxidant properties, also cause changes in the original color of the teeth when they adhere to the enamel. both color changes and stains occur superficially, so dental whitening treatments are effective in restoring teeth to their original appearance.
The yellowing of the dental pieces appeared from the amount of coffee ingested, as well as from the characteristics of the dental enamel of each individual. people whose enamel is weaker -erosions, chipped pieces, bruxism…), it is easier for more noticeable color changes to occur.
other effects of coffee
drinking coffee also affects the breath, favoring the appearance of bad odor or halitosis. this is due to dehydration caused by coffee consumption. In this case, the solution is very simple: take a bottle of water with you and be sure to drink a drink or rinse your mouth to counteract the effects of the coffee.
how can you avoid the effects of coffee on your teeth?
if you like to drink coffee and you don’t want to stop consuming it -but you do want to avoid its effects on your teeth-, you can follow some recommendations:
- drink coffee at main meals. in this way, you can easily brush your teeth after eating/drinking, thus counteracting its effects on the teeth.
- hydration is key to avoid bad breath. if you have drunk coffee, do not forget to drink water or rinse your mouth to remove the remains of the drink in your mouth.
- If you like coffee with milk, you’re less likely to notice stains or discoloration on your teeth. diluted, its effects are minor.
- heatintensifies the effects of coffee on enamel. Try to avoid drinking it too hot.
- and if you want to reduce the contact of the drink with your teeth, you can try drinking your coffee using a straw.
prunus dental clinic, your dental clinic in plasencia
If drinking coffee is one of life’s little pleasures for you, you don’t have to give it up. Following our advice you will notice that the color of your teeth will not be affected as much. And if your teeth already have a yellow tone or show stains, cosmetic dental whitening treatments are very effective and safe when it comes to returning your teeth to their original colour.
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