Coffee every morning and sometimes another cup during the day can be so satisfying because of the stimulating benefits it has and not to mention the main reason why we love it so much, the taste. Well that cup of coffee could be a bad thing if we don’t understand how to consume it properly.
Too much of anything can be bad and while I am going to talk to you today about minimizing coffee stains on your teeth you should also be aware that coffee can cause insomnia, nervousness and restlessness, stomach upset, nausea and vomiting, increased heart and breathing rate, and other side effects.
With the good in coffee there’s also the bad just like everything else and I don’t want to sugar coat it.
How To Minimize Coffee Stains On Your Teeth
- Use a straw. While this isn’t something you would do with hot coffee, you can certainly do your part when having iced coffee by using a straw. This way you prevent the liquid from ever making contact with your teeth.
- Add a little to no cream. Milk has a natural neutralizing effect on compounds that destroy tooth enamel.
- Brush or rinse immediately after drinking. This should be a habit you start anyways because whether you realize it or not, coffee can make your breath stink too. When coffee beans are roasted, sulfur-containing aroma compounds form. Along with the acid content in coffee, these compounds can produce bad breath. If you can’t brush then try thoroughly rinsing your mouth out with water instead.
- Practice quality oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing daily help to strengthen your teeth against harmful substances that break down tooth enamel. If you practice quality oral hygiene habits daily, your teeth will become much more resistant to stains.
- Use whitening toothpaste. Whitening toothpaste brands can help remove superficial stains, like those made by drinking coffee, from the surface of your teeth.
- Drink a glass of water. After you enjoy your coffee, have a glass of water as this will help rinse your mouth and teeth.
- Eat while you drink. Eating food activates the saliva in your mouth. Munch on a snack while you drink or have your coffee with a meal. This way, your saliva can help to wash away the tannins from your coffee.
What Causes Coffee Stains On Your Teeth
There are many reasons why your teeth may darken. Some we can’t control, such as age or accidents when we are young that may disturb our tooth enamel’s development. If you are an avid coffee drinker then chances some of the tooth discoloration that can occur is caused by your lifestyle choice such as drinking too much coffee and if you smoke that can also cause your teeth to lose its shine.
Coffee contains an ingredient called tannins. It is a polyphenol that breaks down when it comes in contact with water. Tannins is what causes color compounds to stick to your teeth. When these compounds stick, they can leave an unwanted yellow hue behind.
A healthy white smile is on just about everybody’s wish list. If you don’t believe me, just look at Jim Carrey in the Mask. lol
Do you part by brushing immediately and using a straw when possible to minimize coffee stains.
If you want to get those choppers brighter, a simple stroll down any drugstore oral care aisle can reveal a wide assortment of whitening trays, strips, toothpastes and mouthwashes.
It would also be wise to see your dentist and ask for their tooth whitening products and service recommendations.