Do you love the sweet aroma and taste of a freshly brewed coffee? I know I do.
For many people, a cup of hot java is the perfect way to start the day off right, as well as staying alert on the morning commute. However, when it comes to your oral health, there are few things you should know.
That coffee you crave every morning may also be wrecking havoc on your teeth. Find out what these hazards are and what you can do to protect yourself.
The biggest concern coffee drinkers should watch out for is staining. Due to the absorbent nature of your enamel, it’s quite easy for coffee to penetrate and stain your teeth, turning your pearly whites into dark yellow. Thus the amount of coffee you consume daily has a huge affect on the color your teeth. With every coffee you drink, the staining effects slowly add up and become more noticeable.
The enamel on your teeth is responsible for keeping it strong and healthy. But as enamel wears away, your teeth become weaker and susceptible to damage and disease. Since coffee has an acidic content, it can slowly wear away at the enamel in your teeth and leave you open to cavities and tooth decay. When you think about how many people drink coffee throughout the day, you begin to realize how serious this problem becomes. If you’re constantly putting acidic things into your mouth, when will your enamel have time to repair?
Consuming large amounts of coffee is associated with stress and an ability to sleep well. Coffee contains neurostimulators like caffeine and theobromine, which are proven to heighten stress – one of the main causes of teeth grinding while you sleep.
The problem with grinding is the wear and tear on your teeth. When you grind your teeth, you can wear away your tooth enamel. This can result in oral problems, such as sensitive teeth and tooth damage. Grinding also strains your jaw’s muscles, which can cause pain in your jaw and teeth.
So, What Can You Do?
Simply follow these coffee drinking tips for better dental health:
Reduce Your Intake - By limiting the amount of caffeine you consume, you directly cut down on further staining and damage to your teeth
Drink From a Straw - As strange as it sounds, drinking coffee through a straw limits how much of the drink comes into contact with your teeth, since the majority goes toward the back of the mouth.
Rinse or Brush Afterward - Rinsing or brushing your teeth after a cup of coffee helps you get rid of the staining agents before they can have any effect on your teeth.
Don’t Drink at Night - Avoiding caffeine at least four hours before bed and minimizing your intake throughout the day can help reduce stress and cut down on teeth grinding while you sleep.