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Coffee and Your Teeth

What’s the first thing you think about in the morning? Yes, brushing your teeth comes first, but what next? Coffee. Did you know that 100 million people in the US drink coffee every day? 68% of them drink a cup of coffee within one hour of waking up. That’s a lot of coffee.

Why Does Coffee Stain Teeth?

Unfortunately, coffee can have some negative effects on your teeth that are very important to point out. Coffee is quite acidic, and all acids tend to wear out the enamel in your teeth. Over time, this can affect not only the appearance of your teeth, but also cause decay.

But there’s another issue with coffee and your teeth. Basically, coffee stains them. The enamel in your teeth is porous in nature, so coffee can get in there quite easily and stain or yellow your teeth over time.

How to Remove Coffee Stains from Your Teeth

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Although there is no perfect way of avoiding this issue (unless you decide to stop drinking coffee entirely), there are ways we can either minimize the effect of coffee or at least avoid its effects of our teeth on the long run. The first thing you can do is reduce the amount of coffee you drink daily or over any given time period. This is a pretty straightforward solution, although most coffee drinkers are used to a certain amount of coffee intake, so this may not be their first option.

Another solution is to rinse your teeth and wash them right after drinking coffee. The staining elements of coffee can be more easily eliminated, prolonging the whiteness of your teeth.

There are also whitening treatments to get rid of coffee and other substances that stain your teeth over time. You should consult with your dentist to determine if this is the right treatment for you.

Lastly, you can avoid direct contact between your teeth and the coffee. Drinking through a straw, for example, can do the trick as the coffee moves directly from the mug or cup to the back of your mouth.

We hope you find this information useful. Keep coming back for more insights and advice regarding your dental health.

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