Coffee and Teeth Staining – Things You Need To Know

It is a common habit of many people to kick start their daily working routine after having a cup of coffee. However, you may wonder if this cup of coffee can affect your smile by staining your teeth. A few things are worth mentioning in this regard.

How does the coffee stain your teeth?

The enamel may look hard and smooth but, in fact, it is a surface with tiny fissures which can trap microscopic food particles. Therefore, if you eat and drink staining foods and beverages, you are going to get your teeth stained.

Pigments from the foods such as coffee, tea and soda can settle in the fissures of the tooth enamel and cause the teeth to look stained. If the teeth are not properly cleaned, these stains can get permanent and cause the teeth to look yellow.

What happens when you add cream?

Cream or any whitener can be added in the coffee to bring new flavor. The concept of coffee getting its capability to stain the teeth reduced due to this addition may seem pretty logical but it is not actually the case. You are still going to get your teeth stained because the stain-causing pigments do not go anywhere when you add cream or whitener. Nevertheless, the risk of staining can be reduced if you reduce the amount of coffee in order to make room for cream.

Preventing the coffee smile

The best way to prevent a coffee smile is to avoid the consumption of tea, coffee and other staining foods and beverages. However, this may not be an acceptable solution for many people. Good news is that you can still avoid the staining of your teeth while not giving up on coffee consumption. Here, you are going to have to quit the consumption of coffee by sipping it throughout the day. You can have a cup of coffee at specific times in a day. When you are done with your cup of coffee, you will need to rinse your mouth or brush your teeth in order to remove the staining pigments.

You will need to make sure that whiteness of your smile is being maintained well. You can use whitening toothpaste in this regard. Make sure that you brush your teeth twice every day. Furthermore, visiting the dentist after every six months can save you your smile and a lot of money which you can end up spending to treat the dental issues which are developed due to carelessness.

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