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How Does Drinking Coffee Affect Your Teeth?

January 19, 2016
how coffee affects your teeth



We all know coffee tastes good, but are you aware of how it affects your teeth?

Most everyone knows that coffee stains your teeth. That’s the most common way it hurts your teeth. But did you know that coffee is acidic, so it also causes enamel erosion? Teeth are very porous and will soak up anything that you eat or drink. Coffee also causes bad breath because it sticks to your tongue. However, a good thing that coffee can do is destroy plaque bacteria! The caffeine in coffee is high in polyphen which breaks up bacteria. However, if it stays on your teeth for too long it can erode your teeth. The catch also is that the polyphen will only help if you drink black coffee! Adding sugar and creamer harms your teeth even more.

So what can you do if you drink coffee? One, cut down on the coffee you consume. Most dentists and doctors will tell you that more than 2 cups of coffee a day will cause serious damage to not only your teeth, but to your body as well. Two, drinking coffee with a straw greatly reduces the harmful effects of coffee. So try to always drink your cup of coffee with a straw. Three, brush your teeth not long after you drink a cup to make sure the coffee doesn’t stick to your teeth and erodes them over time. And lastly, make sure to see your dentist regularly!
If your teeth are stained from coffee, give Cannon Park Dental a call at (843) 723-5346 to schedule your teeth whitening appointment.

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