More coffee is consumed in the United States than anywhere else in the world. Have you ever wondered what your favorite coffee does to your teeth?
Staining Our Teeth?
Yes! The pigment in the meals and beverages we consume causes staining. Coffee’s highly dark pigment makes it the principal cause of tooth surface discoloration on its own. Even while the pigment in milk or cream-based coffee is not as black, it can still cause stains. Coffee stains on teeth are caused by a combination of genetics, saliva, and oral microorganisms.
Yes! Coffee can cause tooth erosion because of its acidic PH level. It is possible for tooth erosion to happen over time. Additionally, coffee has a diuretic effect, which means it aids in fluid loss and may result in dry mouth. After your coffee, drink a glass of water to restore your fluids and rinse the coffee from your mouth.
Halitosis? (Bad breath)
Yes! Because it sticks to the rough surface of the tongue and dries out your mouth, coffee drinking can create bad breath.
Cavities or Tooth Decay?
It varies. Coffee by itself can not cause cavities, but when milk, cream, or sugar are added to coffee, the sugars can. The more slowly you sip your coffee, the greater the danger you run of developing cavities because frequency and exposure duration pose more of a risk than amount.
As always, be sure to floss once daily and clean your teeth at least twice daily. Visit your dentist and dental hygienist periodically for cleanings and examinations. Drink a glass of water in addition to your coffee to rinse the coffee and sugar out of your mouth. Reduce the amount of sugar you add in your coffee as well. Natural sugars are present in even milk and cream, which can cause cavities. We advise you to visit your dentist as soon as possible if you think you might have a cavity or if you have any queries concerning diet and cavities.