National Coffee Day - Benefits and Harms of Coffee
September 29this officially one of our favorite days – it’s National Coffee Day! You may be wondering why your dental office cares enough about coffee to write a blog on it – well let us be the first to tell you that this delicious drink has a “dark side” when it comes to dental health.
The Bright Side
Let’s start out with the positives. It improves your energy! Coffee contains caffeine, which is usually why we all drink it – to get a boost of energy in the morning. Coffee also improves your metabolism, meaning it may be able to help with weight loss, and it contains many beneficial, essential nutrients, including Vitamin B2, B3 and B5, manganese and potassium. It can also lower your risk for certain diseases and is extremely high in antioxidants. So, what’s the problem? Keep reading to find out.
The Dark Side
From a dental standpoint, one of the most negative downfalls of coffee is that it stains your teeth! One cup a day will cause your teeth to gradually yellow because minerals in coffee stick to your teeth and cause them to darken. Coffee is also considered a mildly acidic drink; when you drink it and it sticks to your teeth it can actually erode away your enamel and create cavities. Of course it also causes stinky coffee breath, which isn’t very pleasant.
Avoiding the Downfalls
The best way to avoid the downfalls of coffee is to never drink it – unfortunately many of us rely on this drink in the morning to start our day right and quitting it is not an option. So, here are some tips for those coffee-addicted people like most of us. The first tip is simple – drink coffee through a straw. Drinking coffee through a straw will ensure that the coffee barely even touches your front teeth, preventing staining and not allowing as much bacteria to build up. Another tip is to drink water during/after you drink coffee. This will help rinse away extra bacteria and liquid that can cause staining and cavities. Chewing sugar free gum after coffee can help prevent bad breath and also clean some of the bacteria from the teeth too. Also, it is best to avoid brushing your teeth right after you drink coffee. Since coffee is acidic, if you brush your teeth directly after your coffee you will be scrubbing the acid into your teeth and actually causing more damage than helping them!
Go out and get yourself a special cup of coffee this year on National Coffee Day, and follow these tips to protect yourself from damage all year! If you feel as though you are experiencing some negative effects from coffee-drinking, call our office and schedule an appointment! Our thorough dentists can help treat existing decay, protect your teeth from cavities, and we offer a variety of whitening treatments to reverse the yellowing effect of coffee as well! Visit our website at www.dentalblu.com to see a list of our whitening options, or call our office at 859-442-8200!