If you’re a coffee drinker, you have a vested interest in the question of whether or not coffee stains teeth. Many coffee lovers would find it extremely difficult to give up their pick-me-up of choice in favor of whiter teeth. But is that really necessary? Does coffee really discolor and stain teeth? Dr. Deborha Staten discusses coffee and the color of your teeth.
Yellow Teeth: Is Coffee the Cause?
Much has been made of coffee’s role in the yellowing of teeth. While it is true that coffee can contribute to the staining of teeth, this staining typically occurs in cases of habitual consumption. A single cup of coffee will likely do little harm to your teeth. However, multiple cups a day can dull your smile.
What makes coffee a threat to your teeth’s aesthetic appeal are its dark pigment and its acidity. The dark pigment in coffee is strong enough that it can discolor teeth from repeated exposure. In addition, the acid in coffee can contribute to the wearing away of enamel, which exposes the yellower layer beneath it called dentin.
Bright Smile Tips for Coffee Drinkers
If you are a habitual coffee drinker who doesn’t want to give up the java, there are a couple of things you can do to protect your teeth. First, don’t brush directly after drinking coffee. Lingering acid can remain on teeth, and brushing can aid acid in removing your teeth’s enamel. Instead of brushing, rinse your mouth with water or chew a piece of sugar-free gum. Gum will stimulate saliva production, and saliva is capable of neutralizing many acids
Teeth Whitening in Las Vegas
If you are unhappy with the color of your teeth, don’t fret. Professional whitening can lighten teeth several shades. Dr. Staten offers both in-office and at-home whitening. Both treatments show fantastic results, and either will have you beaming with a brilliant new smile.
Schedule a Visit with Your Las Vegas Cosmetic dentist
If your teeth have yellowed or become discolored, don’t settle for a dull smile. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Staten today!