With the weather getting colder and colder, warm drinks, like coffee, can seem even more appealing. Starting your day with a freshly brewed coffee may even be a part of your wake up routine. Did you know, drinking coffee can actually harm your teeth?
Drinking dark coloured beverages, like coffee, can stain your teeth, leaving them yellowed and discoloured. Coffee is also highly acidic. Acidic foods or drinks can cause tooth enamel to break down, making your teeth more prone to cavities and tooth sensitivity.
Don’t get rid of your coffee yet. We have some steps to help you enjoy your coffee and protect your smile.
Sip, Don’t Slosh:
If you love drinking coffee, try sip it and avoid letting it touch your teeth any longer than necessary.
Avoid Too Much Sugar:
Drinking sweet coffee all day can be harmful for your teeth. If you enjoy a sweeter coffee, try adding less sugar or even no sugar.
Wait Before You Brush:
Your teeth are coated with a thin layer of acid after drinking coffee. Wait at least an hour before brushing your teeth, otherwise you are spreading the acid deeper into your 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 we don’t want you to give them up entirely. We just want you to be aware that when over consumed, it can 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.