Coffee Curiosity: Making It Worse For Your Smile

Yes, of course, you know that coffee isn’t the best thing in the world for your smile. It’s acidic! It’s deeply pigmented, too. The result? It can contribute to damage to your enamel and it can also cause discoloration. However, with that said, you may still want to drink it because you love it! So, you then begin thinking to yourself, should you be doing anything in particular to try to support your oral health if you’re going to indulge in this beloved beverage anyway? The answers, of course, will be of serious help to you and, as you may have expected, are something our Southlake, TX team is happy to share!

When You Add Sugar And More!

Important note: Black coffee isn’t great for your smile but you may not realize that it’s not the worst. Other drinks like soda and fruit juice, now those are bad! However, if you’re adding lots of fun stuff to your coffee drink to make it taste even better (maybe you melt chocolate in it, you add flavored creamer, you place a few teaspoons of sugar, etc.), then you are turning it into a beverage that becomes quite harmful to your oral health. If you don’t want to give it up, we understand. However, we remind you that you really should drink water following your coffee drink to limit the chance of decay.

When You Nurse It, Rather Than Finish It

We know that you will catch on to this one in an instant. It’s important to remember that there’s a difference between drinking a cup of coffee in one sitting, exposing teeth temporarily to acid, and then letting your mouth recover … versus drinking your coffee over the course of several hours. The second scenario leaves teeth exposed for a very long period of time, which gives pigments and acids time to create quite a lot more damage. If you’re going to drink a cup of Joe, you will be in much better shape if you finish it rather than nurse it!

When You Don’t Rinse After You Drink It

Whether you down a tall cup of coffee in five minutes or you take your time, one thing is always true, as we have mentioned: If you don’t rinse with water afterwards, the acids and staining pigments will spend more time on your teeth. This can increase your chance of oral health damage and staining. So, rinse away!

Discover Smile Care Tips From Us

When you need some help matching your dental care up with your lifestyle, you may find that you’re not sure how to proceed. Remember that our team is always here to help you optimize your care! Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake, Grapevine, and surrounding areas.