Coffee is more than just a beverage. At this point, it is emblematic of a culture and lifestyle that so many have embraced. If you drink coffee, you know this, and it’s part of why coffee is so hard to give up (that and the addictive nature of caffeine, that is). Unfortunately, coffee can have some ill effects, one of those being tooth staining. How can you prevent a coffee-stained smile, without giving up your favorite brew?
Use a whitening toothpaste
You brush your teeth at least two times a day, every day (and if you don’t, we need to talk), so it only makes sense that you would use a toothpaste that whitens your teeth and fights stains. If possible, brushing your teeth after drinking coffee (though not immediately after your last sip, as the acidity in coffee can weaken enamel and cause stripping if brushed immediately) can quickly clean your teeth and help prevent staining.
Chew sugar-free gum
Chewing some gum after your coffee can help prevent staining for this reason: the act of chewing increases the amount of saliva you produce. This influx of saliva can wash away staining substances. The sugar-free part is obvious… too much sugar = cavities.
Get regular dental cleanings
Yes, you should be doing this anyway. But if you’re concerned about staining, missing your dental cleaning or putting it off could allow stains to develop.
Floss every day
Again, you should do this anyway, but if you’re not, start now. Flossing will get rid of the particles that cause staining that build up between the teeth that even thorough brushing can sometimes miss. Plus, stains that begin between the teeth are just as unsightly as stains on the front of the teeth, and can easily spread and darken.
Drink plenty of water
Having a glass of water alongside your cup of morning (or afternoon or evening) coffee is a great idea for more than one reason. It will help you stay hydrated, which is important for overall health, and it will help rinse away the tannins (the staining substances in coffee) and sugars (which can cause plaque and cavities) that can stick to your teeth.
These tactics, along with mindful consumption and reducing your coffee intake, can help dramatically reduce the staining effect of coffee on your teeth. As much as you need your first cup every morning, you need a smile that you can be happy and confident in, and that’s a smile free of pesky coffee stains.
Looking to whiten and brighten your smile? Set up an appointment with Mogren Dental today!