Are you a coffee drinker? If so, chances are good you refer to yourself more frequently as a coffee lover, which means you drink it daily or multiple times a day. In this case, you may wonder if your habit is going to lead to any serious consequences for your oral health. If you hear evidence that suggests coffee is fantastic for you (and you also hear details to the contrary) that’s because this beverage has its benefits and its drawbacks, as well. Let’s boil it all down to the potential damage it can cause and what you can do about it!

It Will Stain For Sure

If you drink a lot of coffee, then chances are quite high that you’ll end up with stains. This is because coffee is very pigmented and your teeth are porous. As the dark, staining brew rests on your teeth, it slowly leads to discoloration over time, yielding a dimmer or yellow-looking appearance.

It Can Soften And Harm Your Enamel

In addition to its ability to stain your smile, coffee can also negatively affect your oral health in such a way that it causes harm to your enamel. Your enamel, of course, is that very strong layer that wraps around the outer part of your teeth. As mentioned, it is strong! However, it doesn’t have super powers. It can become soft and weak and thin over time as you consume lots of acidic drinks like coffee.

It’s All About Mindful Habits And Care

Hey! Protect your oral health and the appearance of your smile when you’re on top of the details: Rinse, rinse, rinse with H2O after you drink coffee. Then, if you have the chance, brush a half hour after that. It will minimize the problems.

Enjoy Your Life With Easy To Follow Smile Tips

Rather than worrying that you have to cut everything out of your life that you enjoy if it can potentially damage your smile, you may wish to learn more regarding how to enjoy things safely in moderation. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kalyan Nadella or Dr. Benjamin Walder, call Columbia Dental & Orthodontics in East Dallas, TX today at (214) 827-8000. We also gladly serve patients in Mesquite, Oak Cliff, Garland, and all surrounding communities.