There is no denying that a cup of coffee can be delicious. A cup of Joe can really hit the spot when you wake up and need that extra boost of energy. The only hiccup is that coffee can end up staining your teeth given enough time. Dr. Dan Casel and his team at Premier Dentistry of Jupiter know just how important your teeth are, which puts you in a bit of a pickle. Do not fret, there are a few ways you can avoid this issue.
Enjoy a Little Coffee Without Staining Your Teeth
Coffee stains your teeth because your dental enamel contains little cracks and ridges. These imperfections occur naturally as you chew, which is the reason your enamel replenishes itself with minerals that you consume such as calcium.
These microscopic pits in your enamel can sometimes trap particles from the foods you consume. The problem is that the coffee’s particles are dark, making them obvious to the eye given enough time. Of course, a good professional teeth cleaning should help ensure these particles do not stay on your teeth, but you can also try the following:
Straw it Up
You can prevent coffee from touching your teeth by simply using a straw to sip on your coffee. Those who do not have dental stains should start now, and those who have undergone a teeth whitening procedure should use this technique to keep those teeth ivory-white.
A Touch of Milk
You can add a little milk, which should lessen the strength of coffee’s naturally dark pigment. Milk usually makes the coffee taste pretty good unless you love your black coffee.
Those who would rather drink it black should rinse their mouths out as soon as you are done drinking your coffee. Just make sure you have a cup of water with you so that you can rinse off the pigments before they set in.
Brush and Floss
Go back to the basics, and simply clean your teeth after drinking coffee. Be sure to brush and floss because you never know where those little coffee pigments might end up.
Baking Soda Brush
Baking soda is naturally abrasive, and you can use that to your advantage. All you have to do is sprinkle some on your damp toothbrush, and brush your teeth. This should help lift any particles that might have gotten stuck on your teeth.
Chew it Up
Making yourself chew some gum might be a good idea. This action forces your mouth to create saliva, which is your first line of defense, not only against bacteria but stains, too. Make sure the gum is sugar-free or natural like a bit of tree sap.
Of course, a good solution to this little problem of yours is to use whitening tooth paste to help keep those pearly whites the right color. Granted, this will not give you the results a good tooth whitening procedure might give you if your stains have already set in, but it can help if the stains are still fresh.
Hopefully, these tips help ensure that your teeth stay as white as possible. Those with stains that have penetrated the enamel may need to consider dental whitening because these stains are not unreachable without the help of your team at Premier Dentistry of Jupiter.