Countless people depend on a morning cup of coffee to kick start their day. However, overdoing it on “Joe” consumption can lead to negative effects on your oral health. Besides staining your teeth, it may also cause the tooth enamel to wear down due to the acidity of the coffee. Since enamel doesn’t have any living cells, there is no way for regeneration to take place.
This isn’t to say that you should remove coffee from your diet entirely as it does have health benefits such as boosting metabolism. Instead, re-evaluate how you go about it. For one, don’t brush your teeth immediately after drinking it. While it makes sense to want to brush immediately, doing so can damage enamel and the other layer of the teeth known as dentin due to the high acidity, Instead, wait about thirty minutes so that the enamel can harden and drink some water after the coffee to act as a buffer.
Another option that may seem odd but can help is to drink coffee with a straw as it will reduce the exposure of the teeth to the coffee.
This update is by Assure a Smile, the longest-tenured holistic dental practice in Miami. Spearheaded by Dr. Theodore “Ted” Herrmann, our top priority is to provide patients with all-encompassing oral health care that safely improves oral health and wellness. By helping patients look and feel their best through a holistic dentistry approach, we strive to empower patients to make informed lifestyle choices that result in strong teeth, healthy gums, beautiful smiles, and optimum vitality. For more information on holistic dental care or to schedule an appointment with a holistic dentist, please visit https://www.assureasmile.com or call 305-274-0047.