There really can’t be any adult in this great big world that has never tried coffee. In fact, a cup of coffee in the morning may provide more than just an energy boost. It is loaded with antioxidants and beneficial nutrients that can improve your health. The health impact of coffee has long been a controversial topic, with advocates touting its antioxidant activity and brain-boosting ability, and detractors detailing downsides such as insomnia, indigestion and an increased heart rate and blood pressure. You can always argue both cases. However, this article will not discuss whether you should be for or against drinking coffee.
The truth is that in most cases coffee keeps you going during the day and wakes you up in the morning. As a result, you may have the same problems as everyone else when it comes to the staining effects of coffee on our teeth. While they might not appear immediately after drinking your first cup of coffee, regular coffee drinkers will see, over time, will start to see their teeth yellow. Once these stains have started to develop, it can be very difficult for you to remove them. Prevention, however, is the best way to combat coffee stains on teeth. If you’re a regular coffee drinker, here are three ways you can keep your teeth white.
- Drink your coffee through a straw
When looking for ways to keep your teeth brighter and whiter, you may be told to drink acidic drinks – like coffee – through a straw. Sipping through a straw reduces the amount of liquid with which your teeth come in contact. Your molars will still be stained, but the forward-facing side of your front teeth won’t come into contact with many coffee tannins. Therefore, the only way to protect your teeth using the straw method would be to place the tip of the straw at the back of the mouth behind the teeth and tongue so the liquid goes straight from cup to back of the throat without touching the teeth.
- Drink water with coffee
Enjoy potentially staining beverages in moderation, and drink water between each. Water is good for your overall health and will also help wash away dark liquids from the teeth. Having a glass of water alongside your cup of coffee is a great way to reduce how long your teeth are in contact with the coffee. Plus, drinking water with your coffee can help to remove any residue that might be stuck to your teeth if you do not have the time to brush.
- Brush your teeth after drinking coffee
The longer the liquid sits on your teeth, the more intense the staining will be. Carry a toothbrush and toothpaste with you so that you can freshen up after your coffee break. A healthy and regular brushing routine is essential for maintaining the shine of your smile.
- Change the caffeine amount in your coffee
Since caffeine stains your teeth, a reduction in your consumption is best. Decaf or coffee that is less caffeinated is less likely to leave coffee stains on teeth, so if you choose to drink a coffee that has less caffeine than what you usually drink, you can prevent a great deal of the stains that you are going to encounter.
- Consider teeth whitening
After all the above fail for some reason, consider teeth whitening either at home or at the dentist. This is great for teeth with intrinsic staining but may not work so well with grey or dark brown teeth. Keep in mind that too much whitening of your teeth could harm their natural protective layer. Using professional whitening in combination with these other methods will give you the best protection against coffee stains on your teeth.