How to Consume Caffeine Without the Worry of Dental Stains
Posted on 9/30/2019 by Northstar Dental
If you find it almost impossible to start your morning without caffeine, that's okay – as long as you consume it in a way that is good for your teeth. Most caffeine sources are highly acidic, and they can cause stains, enamel erosion, and other oral health problems. Use these tips to protect your teeth.
Add Milk to Your Coffee or Tea
The dark color of coffee and tea make it problematic for your white teeth. The good news is that simply adding in some milk to dilute down the color can help. Plus, coffee has been shown to reduce your gum disease risk, and if you brew it with fluoridated tap water, it can further protect your teeth.
Swish Out Your Mouth with Water
Another way to prevent staining is to swish out your mouth with water while you drink coffee. This can remove staining particles before they have a chance to impact your enamel. Plus, rinsing out your mouth can help to restore the mouth's natural pH balance, which can protect your teeth from enamel erosion, cavities, and gum disease.
Find Another Source of Caffeine
Coffee and soda aren't the only sources of caffeine available. If you want to minimize stains, try some energy gum. While this gum has sugar, it can also stimulate the production of saliva to remove food and bacteria from your teeth. Basically, it is gum with caffeine, you won't run the risk of staining. If you do drink caffeine and have suffered from some dental stains, don't worry.
Caffeine stains usually respond well to whitening treatment, and we offer effective solutions in our office. We can restore your pearly white smile and will offer suggestions on how to keep your teeth from staining in the future. Call us today to set up your next appointment.