Now that you know how damaging coffee can be for your smile, are you concerned that you are going to have to give it up altogether? In a word, “no.” For many people some amount of coffee can actually be beneficial. Many studies indicate that a minimal amount of coffee each day can actually be good for the body, as it contains antioxidants and is a natural way to increase cognitive function. It is also believed to lower risk of several diseases including heart disease and Alzheimers. If you want to protect your smile while consuming coffee, you simply need to know the best ways to minimize its potentially acidic and erosive effects on your teeth’s enamel.
So, What’s a Coffee Lover to Do?
The good news is that you do not necessarily need to give up coffee entirely in order to protect your oral health. There are several ways you can help protect those precious pearly whites against cavities. For instance, you can:
- Drink your coffee in the morning, preceded and followed by a glass of water. This can help to gently rinse the teeth clean and keep you hydrated.
- Even drinking coffee, and other acidic beverages, with a meal can help minimize the impact it can have on teeth.
- Drinking iced coffee through a straw can also help minimize staining and acidic wear.
- If you want to add flavor without all the sugar, consider adding fresh cinnamon, plain milk or an almond or coconut milk, which adds flavor and creaminess!
Need to Address a Dental Cavity?
Restorative treatment can help to prevent further wear or erosion of the teeth. Call Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, today at 847-234-0517 to schedule your next restorative appointment. We also proudly serve residents of West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities.