The Truth About Coffee: Is It Really Bad For Your Teeth?

Dental Health, Tampa, FL

If you’re like most of the world, you start your day with a big yawn and an extra large cup of coffee. Whether you prefer your coffee black, with cream and sugar, or in the form of a sugary latte, it’s safe to say that coffee can really make your day start off right. However, even though that delicious caffeinated beverage that you brew every morning may help you perk up every morning, it may not be that great for your teeth. But why?

Discoloration

Have you noticed that no matter how much whitening toothpaste that you use that it only seems to last a few hours? Or have you recently had your teeth professionally whitened by our office but have noticed that they’re not longer as white as they were on the first day? If so, then they may be getting discolored by your coffee. Coffee is notorious for staining teeth which can leave you feeling a bit self conscious about your smile.

Weakens Enamel

Your teeth are made up of different layers; the outer layer which is called the enamel is responsible for protecting your teeth from decay and damage. Even though coffee is delicious, it’s high acidic content can actually weaken your teeth’s enamel which can cause a host of other problems.

If you can’t kick your coffee habit, we get it; it’s super hard to do. To help reduce the harmful effects of coffee on your teeth, though, try drinking more water right after you have coffee; that way you reduce the time that it has with your teeth. Also, if you can, try brushing your teeth after your morning cup of Jo; that way you really keep your enamel protected.  To learn more about how you can take better care of your teeth, contact us at our Tampa office today and call us at 813-922-3093.

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