Coffee and your Teeth
For most of us, the best way to start the day is with a fresh cup of coffee. The caffeine boost gives us the energy needed to face whatever tasks the day might bring. But could coffee be harming your smile? We at Georgetown Smile thinks so. This is what coffee does to your teeth, and what to do about it:
Wears down enamel. As with any drink aside from water, coffee aids bacteria in creating acids that can erode your enamel. Unfortunately, because there are no living cells in enamel, it cannot repair itself. Once enamel is worn down, the damage is done forever.
Stains teeth. Once your enamel is worn down, microscopic pits and ridges in your enamel allow space for food and drink particles to embed themselves. If something is not done, compromised enamel will make your teeth susceptible to staining.
Causes bad breath. Caffeine in coffee has a drying effect on the mouth, slowing the production of saliva. Saliva is important because it helps kill bacteria in your mouth, and aids in digestion, so without it, bacteria can thrive.
Giving up coffee, tea, and other drinks that are known to stain teeth is the best way to ensure that your teeth are not stained, but Cottonwood Dental knows this is not possible for everyone. If you absolutely must have your coffee, be sure to drink plenty of water, or brush your teeth with a whitening toothpaste after enjoying your drink. Be sure to schedule regular cleanings with Dr. Peretz. If your enamel has already been eroded by coffee or other beverages, Georgetown Smile can help you by placing fillings in your teeth to strengthen them, and by coming up with a plan to prevent further damage from taking place. If your teeth have already been stained by regular coffee consumption, consider our in-office teeth whitening solutions. Visit our website to learn more, or give us a call at (202) 333-0033 to schedule your appointment!