Coffee is a popular morning beverage for many adults and gives us a little extra pep to start our day. Unfortunately, coffee also has its consequences, such as teeth stains. Many of us love coffee at South Hills Dental Arts, too, so we have put together some information on what causes coffee stains and what you can do to manage and prevent. At the same time, you continue to enjoy your favorite morning beverage.
Coffee is a major offender when it comes to teeth stains, and the discoloration caused by coffee can be so severe that it can mimic the stains left behind by cigarettes. Coffee consumption should be kept at a safe limit to ensure good oral health and overall health. Excessive caffeine can have negative effects on your stomach and heart, which can lead to more serious health issues over time.
So, you don’t have to quit drinking coffee, but it is best to keep your caffeine intake to a healthy limit to keep your teeth healthy.
One of the best ways to protect your teeth from coffee stains is to rinse your mouth with water after you finish your cup of coffee. This will help wash away the caustic chemicals that cause tooth stains, plus drinking water is a great way to nourish your body.
You may also consider drinking your coffee more quickly. The less time your teeth soak in the coffee, the less time the coffee has to damage your enamel and cause staining.
If you currently have coffee stains, you may consider whitening your teeth. There are a variety of whitening treatments out there, but be sure to consult with your dentist before starting a treatment. We can help you develop the right treatment plan to address your needs.
Whitening treatments can be done professionally, or they can be purchased over the counter in the form of special toothpaste, gels, or strips.
At South Hills Dental Arts, we provide professional in-office whitening treatments that can whiten your smile by several shades, erasing those pesky coffee stains for a brighter, whiter smile! Contact us today to learn more!