Saving Your Teeth from Your Coffee Habits

teeth. Keep the following tips in mind to reduce your risk of having discolouration from coffee this winter. 

What Causes Coffee Discolorations?

You can develop yellowish stains on your teeth when you drink coffee on a regular basis. Substances in coffee, known as tannins, enter tiny gaps on the surface of your teeth and cause these discolourations to occur. As they get deeper, it gets harder to eliminate these stains. Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to protect your teeth.

Brush Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth after having coffee helps remove the substances that cause stains. However, because coffee is acidic, you should wait for half an hour first — otherwise, you run the risk of weakening your enamel. In the meantime, it’s a good idea to give your mouth a quick rinse, just like we advise any other time you’re unable to brush your teeth. Although you might consider using a toothbrush with stiffer bristles for better stain removal, the potential to damage your gums is too great, and is generally not something I recommend. If needed, you can consider using a whitening toothpaste to help brighten your smile.

Add Milk to Your Coffee

Drinking black coffee causes the highest risk of ending up with darker stains. Lightening your coffee with milk helps prevent stains from occurring. Cow’s milk and other milk from animals contains protein that attaches itself to the substances in coffee that stain your teeth. These substances then move to your stomach rather than sitting on your teeth.

Cutting down on the amount of coffee you drink overall can also help lower the risk of stains. Aim to drink this beverage in moderation. When you do have coffee, drink it as quickly as you can, which helps reduce your risk of staining your teeth.

Choose Coffee With Less Caffeine

Coffee that has a regular caffeine content is more likely to leave stains on your teeth. Switching to coffee with half the caffeine or decaffeinated coffee lowers the amount of substances that can discolour your teeth. Making coffee in a percolator rather than using a French press or Turkish brew can also reduce your risk of having yellowish teeth from coffee.

Use a Straw

The substances that stain teeth can’t do so when they don’t come into contact with your tooth enamel. Instead of sipping your coffee, consider drinking it through a straw. This can take some getting used to, but it can significantly reduce your risk of having discoloured teeth. It’s a great idea for iced coffees though!

Drink Coffee in Moderation

Cutting down on the amount of coffee you drink overall can also help lower the risk of stains. Aim to drink this beverage in moderation. When you do have coffee, drink it as quickly as you can, rather than sipping it slowly throughout the day, which helps reduce your risk of staining your teeth.

Consider Professional Teeth Whitening

If you already have yellowish stains on your teeth from being a long-time coffee drinker, consider having a professional whitening treatment done. Whether you opt for an in-office or a take-home treatment, whitening will certainly help reverse discolouration from coffee. A proper cleaning twice per year is great for removing the superficial stains on your teeth, but whitening will be necessary to treat obviously discoloured teeth. If you already have stains on your teeth from being a coffee drinker, consider having professional teeth whitening done. Dentists can provide you with take-home trays that have a whitening agent in them that helps minimize discolourations from coffee. Ready for a brighter smile? If you have coffee stains on your teeth, contact Brewery District Dental for an appointment. We can provide you with whitening services to help reduce these stains and brighten your smile.]]>