Ah coffee. Nothing quite beats that first hit of glorious hot caffeine in the morning, does it? While coffee makes us feel good, is it actually having a detrimental effect on our teeth? Let’s take a look…
The first, and most important factor to consider is how sweet you like your coffee to be. Adding sugar might make it taste great, but we all know that this is a tooth’s worst enemy. The sweet stuff can lead to tooth decay, so it is worth considering cutting back on your sugar intake. It is also worth remembering that when you buy hot beverages at your favourite coffee shop they often add syrups as standard. These are sugar laden, so if you want to avoid damage your teeth (and your waistline) then request your coffee syrup free!
One of the most obvious problems with coffee is its ability to stain your teeth, making them less than pearly white. Coffee contains tannins, as does tea, which is what causes the staining effect on teeth. And it only takes a cup per day to cause yellowing of the teeth. But if giving up just isn’t an option, ensure you attend your regular hygiene appointments at Gaskell Avenue Dental because our professional cleaning techniques can help to keep staining to a minimum. We can also offer teeth whitening treatments to really brighten your smile!
Some people believe that coffee is highly acidic, but the truth is that black coffee has a pH of around 5. While this does show that coffee is slightly acidic, it is closer to neutral (pH 7) than fruit juices, which have a pH of around 3 or 4. If you are concerned about acidity, we recommend drinking water after your coffee to help to neutralise the mouth, and always wait at least 30 minutes after eating or drinking before brushing your teeth.
If you love a coffee and are worried that it might be having an effect on your teeth, why not book a check-up and speak to us about your concerns? Just give us a call on 01565 633 034 to book an appointment.