Listen, I understand the obsession for coffee. It wakes you up in the morning, gives you that extra pep in your step, and it just tastes good. Unfortunately, one of the side effects of this glorious beverage is that it can stain your teeth and give you a nasty yellow layer that just doesn’t look pretty. That is why I am very proactive with my teeth whitening services.
I’m not saying that teeth whitening for coffee drinkers are necessary, but it’s definitely something to consider if you are a two-to-three cups of day kind of coffee drinker. The obsession will ultimately cause discoloration to your teeth that might only be repairable with teeth whitening services.
But just in case you’re not quite there yet, here are a few more small ways you can prevent that yellow stain from being an avid coffee lover:
If you want to know about the technical side, the compound in coffee that causes teeth stains are called tannins. According to Healthline, “Tannins cause color compounds to stick to your teeth. When these compounds stick, they can leave an unwanted yellow hue behind. It only takes one cup of coffee a day to cause stained teeth.”
Using a straw to consume your coffee can help deflect this from happening. At least on your front teeth. Using a straw will make the coffee bypass your front teeth so the tannins have less of a chance to cling on to them. Personally, I’m not a fan. I just can’t see myself drinking my morning coffee with a straw.
Obviously, the most combative move for teeth stains is to have a rigorous daily dental routine. Brush before and after drinking coffee, and maybe try a mouth wash after you have your final cup of joe for the day. Skipping out on brushing your teeth after drinking coffee is going to add to the buildup that makes your teeth yellow (plus, you’ll have coffee breath!).
Another neat trick for coffee lovers is to swish water in your mouth after drinking a cup of coffee. Using fewer creams and sugars will also decrease the number of bacteria that buildups and causes your teeth to turn yellow not to mention being a much healthier alternative.
Because coffee is acidic, it can eventually weaken your enamel. This means that eventually, DIY teeth whitening routines may not work for you. If you are an incessant coffee drinker, talk to your local Chicago Dentist about teeth whitening services. Not only will bleaching keep the stains off your teeth it will also whiten and brighten your smile! The process is quick and simple and a lot more impactful than those over-the-counter options.
Contact Big Dental Smile about teeth whitening options. We’ll even be able to give more teeth whitening tips for coffee lovers at your consultation!
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Dr. Siegel is a renowned Chicago dentist. His activity in the community ranges from being a part of multiple dental associations to starting his own annual charity event, “Dentists with Heart”. He has worked with a number of patients over the last few decades, giving the best cosmetic dental services and teeth whitening services in the Chicago area.
Dr. Siegel loves what he does… and it shows!