What Your Coffee Habit Does to Your Smile
With 400 million cups consumed each day, coffee is a habit American people are more than willing to indulge. Unfortunately, coffee does come with some negative side effects, one of which is staining of the teeth. Dr. Michael Bowser, your dentist in York, PA, has further information about the staining properties of coffee and how to manage them.
Why does coffee stain teeth?
Among other components, coffee beans contain tannins, which are antioxidant molecules found in plants. While these molecules, known as polyphenols, are good for your health, they make it easier for the yellow-colored pigments in coffee to stick to your teeth. Since the enamel of your teeth has microscopic pits and grooves in it, these tannins have plenty of places to take up residence every time you drink a cup of coffee. Over time, this leads to discoloration of the teeth. In fact, dentists like Dr. Bowser have found that just one cup of coffee per day can result in noticeable staining.
How can I eliminate and prevent staining?
Giving up the coffee habit, for most people, isn't an option, so your dentist has some suggestions for how to lessen the staining effects:
- Try to limit your coffee drinking to one specific time, instead of refilling your cup throughout the day.
- Brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with water after drinking coffee.
- Use a whitening toothpaste to keep surface stains at bay.
- Stay current on regular cleanings at Bowser Dental Arts in York, PA.
Whitening treatments from your dentist are a great way to erase the effects of coffee that have built up over time. If you'd like more information about whitening, or any other dental procedure, we encourage you to contact Bowser Dental Arts in York, PA for more information...after you've finished that cup of coffee, of course.