To many of us, coffee can be considered a lifeline for those early morning meetings. But what are we to do about those inevitable coffee stains on our teeth? The best option would be to cut out coffee altogether but that solution would make all of us mad.
How do coffee stains appear?
Teeth are made of a hard outer layer, enamel, that seems smooth but is naturally filled with tiny ridges and pores which can soak up coffee and cause stains. It is true that enamel naturally wears over time, but the acidic properties of coffee speed up the pace allowing for bigger pores to absorb more coffee. Since drinking coffee can cause mouth dehydration, our mouths are not able to create enough saliva to clean out our ridges and pores. This is why it is very important to drink lots of water. Learn how water can benefit your dental health.
Coffee Stain Treatment
The easiest way to prevent coffee stains from building over time is to drink water before and after each cup. This will take care of the lack of saliva and rinse out the remaining coffee in the pores of tooth enamel. It is also important to brush twice a day using toothpaste with fluoride, baking soda, or hydrogen peroxide included. These types of toothpaste are slightly more rough than the average gel or paste and therefore can reach further into the ridges and pores to ensure the coffee is not sitting for long periods of time.
The most effective way to prevent coffee stains from remaining on your teeth is to visit a dentist regularly for a check-up and cleaning. For those who drink coffee throughout the day, it is beneficial to visit four times instead of the generally suggested two visits a year because there is more chance for permanent coffee stains.
Visit Sugarland Dental Spa
If you are experiencing excessive tooth stains, contact Sugarland Dental Spa in the Houston, Texas area for a relaxed cleaning and whitening experience. Find out more about Zoom!, our in-office teeth whitening to further cover up those nasty coffee stains. To schedule an appointment, contact us online, or give us a call at (281) 549-5177!