Starting your day with a steaming cup of coffee and ending it with a glass of wine at dinner may seem completely normal. But did you know that these beverages can actually harm your teeth?
Drinking dark coloured beverages, like coffee and red wine, can stain your teeth, leaving them yellowed and discoloured. White wine drinkers are not completely in the clear. Coffee as well as all wines, red, white, and even blush, are highly acidic. Over consuming acidic foods/drinks can cause tooth enamel to break down, making your teeth more prone to cavities and tooth sensitivity.
Here are a few steps to help protect your smile:
> Sip, Don’t Slosh:
Some of the worst effects of wine on teeth belong to the wine tasters – those who soak their teeth in wine and slosh it around. If you love sampling wines, try to simply sip it and avoid letting it touch your teeth any longer than necessary.
> Wait Before You Brush:
Your teeth are coated with a thin layer of acid after drinking coffee or wine. Wait at least an hour before brushing your teeth, otherwise you are spreading the acid deeper into your tooth enamel.
> Have Some Cheese:
Cheese doesn’t just compliment wine, it actually helps to balance the acid in your mouth, prevent dental erosion, and strengthen tooth enamel.
> Brighten Your Smile:
If yellowed, stained teeth are getting you down, visit your dentist to determine if tooth whitening can give you a brighter, whiter smile.
We know that many people covet their cup of coffee and glass of wine and we don’t want you to give them up entirely. We just want you to be aware that these beverages, especially when over consumed, pose risks to your teeth. Regular dental appointments can help minimize this damage, while also helping you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile.
If you have any questions or concerns about your teeth, please contact our office at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.