Coffee & Your Dental Health
Family Smiles Dentist Discusses Your Morning Cup of Joe
If you are like most people, you enjoy starting the winter mornings with a warm cup of coffee. However, many times, you’ve probably been warned about how damaging this can be to your dental health. While it is true that drinking coffee can lead to the staining of your teeth, there are some real benefits to your morning cup of Joe.
Studies have shown that those who drink coffee daily reduce their risks or throat and mouth cancers. For those people who are drinking over four cups a day, the risk is cut in half compared to non-coffee drinkers.
If you want to continue drinking your coffee, have no fear. We’ve put together some tips that will help you protect your white smile.
Ways to Protect Your Teeth
Here are some things you can do to reduce the cosmetic effects of coffee and tea on your teeth.
Drink Plenty of Water – This is important before and after you have coffee. Water is effective at flushing the chemicals and sugar from your enamel. Try to drink the water at room temperature to stay effectively hydrated as well.
Brush Your Teeth – By diligently brushing your teeth twice a day, you are working hard to prevent staining on the teeth. Prevention is the key to get those stains before they make a permanent home on your teeth.
Visit Your Family Smiles Dentist – By attending your bi-annual checkups, your dentist can help you get rid of the stains that have already set in. A light polish might be all that is needed to remove those pesky spots after they’ve appeared.
Eat a Healthy Diet – Eating foods that help to clean the teeth like leafy greens and cheese, will also help to prevent those stains from setting in.
Many people will increase their coffee consumption during the cold, winter months. If this is true for you as well, you must work even harder to protect your delicate teeth. Remember, prevention is always a better option than costly or painful procedures down the road. Discuss your concerns with your Family Smiles dentist and start working toward keeping that smile bright and white.
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