- March 17, 2022
Let’s meet for coffee. Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my first cup. Coffee is a hug in a mug.
Drinking coffee plays a major role in our society. It’s part of how we socialize, and if you love a cup of joe, it’s what gets you going in the morning.
For all its benefits, consuming coffee does have a downside when it comes to your teeth. In addition to caffeine, coffee contains tannins which can penetrate your tooth enamel and over time cause yellowish or brownish stains. Other popular drinks like black tea and red wine also contain tannins which can discolor your teeth. The more of these beverages you drink, the more likely it is your teeth will be stained.
Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to prevent coffee stains on teeth, so you don’t have to give up your favorite brew.
Add Food To Your Coffee Break
Stimulate saliva to wash away the tannins from coffee by eating food while you drink.
Pair your coffee with a glass of water. Alternate between sips of water and coffee to wash away the tannins. Coffee can also have a dehydrating effect on our body. Drinking more water can help keep you properly hydrated.
Use A Reusable Straw
Reduce the amount of contact coffee has with your teeth by drinking the beverage with a metal reusable straw.
Prevent Coffee Stains on Teeth by Lighten Your Brew
The darker the coffee, the more likely it is to cause discoloration. Adding milk to coffee lightens the color. Dairy is high in protein, which binds with antioxidants in coffee to whisk it to your stomach instead of exposing it to your teeth. Soy, almond and oat milk do not offer the same kind of protein.
Brush After Drinking
When you’re done drinking, pick up your toothbrush and whitening paste and brush to remove coffee residue. An electric toothbrush is the best choice to stop stains before they begin to form.
Bonus Tip! Make sure to maintain proper oral hygiene habits including bi-annual visits to your dentist.
Professional Teeth Whitening at Shorewood Family Dental Care
If you already have coffee stains on your teeth – or just wish they were brighter – your dentist offers professional teeth whitening services that can remove years’ worth of discoloration.
Looking for teeth whitening near Crest Hill? Call Shorewood Family Dental Care at 815-725-5991 or book an appointment online.