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COFFEE AND YOUR TEETH
Okay, let me start by asking, how do you start your day?
I know most of you will say by drinking a warm cup of coffee, sure nothing beats caffeine to kick-start your day. In The United States alone, around 100 million people drink coffee every day.
Here are some interesting facts you might want to know about coffee:
- DECAF coffee is never a decaf. Researcher says that if you drink 5 cups of decaf coffee you will get the same caffeine jolt as 1 cup of normal coffee.
- Compare to fruits and vegetables, coffee does not have much anti-oxidant than most people thought but coffee is the most popular source of it.
- The coffee first came from Africa and 40% of the world’s coffee is produced in Columbia and Brazil.
- Instant coffee has less caffeine.
- Experts suggest not more than 3 cups of coffee a day to avoid health risk. Moderation is the key.
- The best way to protect your teeth from the acid in coffee is to rinse your mouth with water and wait half an hour to brush.
- Caffeine may help prevent gallstone disease and lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
But do you know the harmful effect of coffee on your teeth?
Yes to all coffee lovers you heard it, coffee can have some negative effects on your teeth that are very important to point out. Coffee is quite acidic, and all acids tend to wear out the enamel in your teeth. Over time, this can affect not only the appearance of your teeth but also cause decay and sensitivity.
As well, coffee stains the teeth. The enamel in your teeth is porous in nature, so coffee can get in there quite easily and stain or yellow your teeth.
How to avoid the harmful effect of coffee?
Of course, if you cannot avoid drinking coffee. Here are things you can do at least to minimize the harm it causes to your teeth.
- All things in moderation are okay. The first thing you can do is to reduce the amount of coffee you drink daily or over any given time period.
- Another solution is to rinse your teeth and wash them right after drinking coffee.
- Lastly, you can avoid direct contact between your teeth and the coffee. For example: drinking through a straw
I hope this will be helpful for all you coffee lovers out there. For more information about dental health feel free to contact us.
Dr. Rabih Abi Nader