What is your favorite part of waking up? Is it smelling a fresh pot or French press of coffee brewing? Is the smell, and first sip of a new cup of coffee also your favorite part of each afternoon? When you meet with friends, is it always over lattes, cappuccinos, or some other coffee-based concoction? If so, you are not alone. People of all ages, and all over the world, enjoy a fresh cup of Joe to wake them up and perk them up. Unfortunately, too much coffee can actually be damaging to your dental health.
What’s Wrong with Coffee, from a Smile Standpoint?
Even if you like to drink your coffee black, meaning completely void of sugary sweeteners and creams, drinking too much coffee can be problematic for your pearly whites for a number of reasons.
- Coffee is naturally acidic, which means that it has potential to erode your teeth’s enamel. Once this outer, protective layer of your teeth is gone, it cannot be regenerated. This is why cavities often create sensitivity. They expose the layer beneath the teeth’s enamel; it’s called the dentin. Not only does this mean you might experience sensitivity, but you might begin to notice major discoloration too. That’s because the dentin has a yellow tint, while the enamel is a whiter shade.
- Speaking of white teeth, coffee can be staining as well, making it a cosmetic concern for many people. Over time, the porous nature of the teeth’s enamel means that many of the foods and beverages you enjoy can begin to cause discoloration. That said, since people tend to sip drinks longer than they chew their foods, and often throughout the day as opposed to only a few times, acidic and staining beverages can be particularly problematic.
- If you are one of the many people who like to add creamer, syrups or other flavorings to your coffee, you could be in particular dental trouble, and that is because anything high in sugar allows bacteria in the mouth to create acidity.
- Finally, any caffeinated beverage can have a dehydrating effect. Not only does this make it harder to stay properly hydrated, overall, it also means the body may not be able to produce saliva, which is a natural defense against tartar buildup.
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