Protecting Your Teeth When Coffee is Your Morning Staple
Posted on 8/30/2016 by Patty Martin
Coffee is essential to the mornings of so many people. It gives you that boost you need to get you started and help you power through your work day. Some can't get through a single day without it.
But for something that so many people consider crucial to their ability to function, it also has some dire effects on your teeth.
Fortunately, there are ways to both enjoy your morning necessity while still keeping your teeth healthy and strong.
How Is Coffee Bad?
Coffee is an acidic beverage. The acid in it can erode your teeth's enamel, leaving them susceptible to tooth decay. It can also cause stains on your teeth, which, if left untreated, can become extremely difficult to remove.
Drink with Food When you drink your morning coffee, drink it with breakfast. Eating helps to neutralize the acids, which would otherwise grab on to your teeth and damage them.
Eat Foods That Clean Teeth
Certain foods can actually help to clean your teeth. Crunchy fruits and vegetables, such as apples, carrots and celery require a lot of chewing. These hard foods scrub your teeth as you chew. Chewing also stimulates the production of saliva, which helps to wash away acids.
Drink Water Water is a neutral beverage that helps to wash away acids. It also keeps your saliva production regulated.
Maintain Oral Hygiene
Brush your teeth at least twice a day. One of those times should be right after breakfast, so you can remove acids and stain causing components before they have a chance to set in. Using a whitening toothpaste can also help fight and remove stains.
Floss twice a day to remove anything from in between your teeth. Also, be certain to use mouthwash. Finally, be sure to visit your dentist twice a year for a thorough cleaning and complete oral exam, checking the condition of your teeth and gums.
Coffee may be the lifeblood that gets you started and keeps you going, but it can also cause damage to your teeth. Protecting your teeth is important to keeping them strong and healthy. Be sure to take these preventative measures and you won't have to worry about your energy source causing more harm than good.
Please contact us if you have any questions about coffee's effects on you oral health.