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Is Coffee Bad for Teeth?

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Coffee is a staple for many of us — it’s hard to imagine mornings without it! But can this incredible beverage be harmful for our teeth? Let’s take a close look at coffee’s impact on your smile.

Coffee & Tooth Enamel

Many types of coffee are acidic in nature, some more so than others. Excessive consumption of acidic foods and beverages can wear down your enamel, or the outer protective layer of your teeth. Once your enamel is worn down, your teeth are more likely to develop cavities, which can evolve into advanced decay.

Moreover, adding sugar or sweet syrups to your coffee makes it even more acidic and prone to damage. Plaque and bacteria that live on the surface of your teeth feed on sugar, which expedite the development of cavities and decay.

Coffee & Teeth Staining

Another consequence of having worn down enamel is staining. Your teeth are more likely to become yellow and discolored if they don’t have their hard, protective enamel intact. On top of that, the tannins in coffee can cause your teeth to appear brown or yellow in color over time.

How to Enjoy Your Coffee & Protect Your Teeth Too

You don’t have to give up coffee forever just to maintain your oral health. Some ways you can mitigate the negative impact coffee has on your smile is to limit sugar or any additives, drink a glass of water after drinking your coffee, drinking your coffee through a straw to prevent it from getting on your teeth, and chewing sugar-free gum with xylitol to remineralize your teeth.

Of course, the best way to prevent the negative effects of coffee drinking on your teeth is also to maintain a consistent and proper oral health care routine. Brush and floss your teeth thoroughly twice a day to help ward off staining or damage.

Teeth Whitening in Edgewater, MD

If you have stained teeth as a result of coffee drinking or any other reasons, consider professional teeth whitening to brighten up and take years off of your smile! Just an hour in the dental chair can brighten your teeth up to eight shades. No one will ever know about your coffee drinking habit!

If you are interested in professional teeth whitening in Edgewater, MD, contact us at 410-956-3525 or schedule an appointment with us online to visit our office. Visit our patient resources page to learn more about our practice and financial policy!

Written by

John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.