While coffee is a favorite morning beverage for thousands of people, this drink can also pose harm for your oral health.
Reducing or cutting out coffee from your diet can help prevent certain instances of oral harm.
Here’s what coffee can do to your teeth if consumed in excess overtime:
It can deteriorate your enamel.
Due to its acidity and due to the fact that it allows oral bacteria to create acids, coffee can cause enamel erosion overtime.
Enamel, though, is an important component of the teeth as it’s the protective layer of your pearly whites and seals up the little openings that expose the path to your teeth’s roots.
With a deteriorated enamel layer and the teeth’s roots exposed, tooth sensitivity is an outcome when it comes to consumption of sweet, hot, or cold foods and drinks.
The chances of cavities will increase.
With a higher chance of enamel erosion comes a higher chance of cavities.
In addition to enamel wear from an acidic pH, the sugars and other additions people often add to coffee are yet again another culprit of cavities from the consumption of coffee.
Cut back or stop adding sugar to your coffee if cavities are a major concern for you.
Coffee can cause halitosis.
Not only is coffee breath often unpleasant for those around you, but because coffee is thick in scent and is prone to stick on the tongue, the coffee throughout the day will breakdown and cause near-permanent halitosis overtime.
Also due to the other oral-related problems coffee can cause for a person such as cavities, problems like this mean there is an increased amount of oral bacteria in the mouth, and oral bacteria can certainly cause bad breath.
Stained teeth are likely to be an issue.
Your pearly whites will soon be not-so-pearly yellows if coffee is consumed in excess! Darker beverages including tea, coffee, wine, soda, and other drinks stick to the microscopic pores in the teeth and can cause a change in tooth color overtime. While the change in color may not be extremely significant, it’s still a problem for many.
If beautiful, white teeth is something you want, consider reducing your coffee intake, drinking your coffee through a straw to ensure it doesn’t have direct contact with the teeth, or even opt for a darker roast.
Light roast, medium roast, or dark roast: Which is better for the teeth in general?
It’s important to know which roast is best and worst for your teeth if you’re a coffee enthusiast. Most would believe a lighter roast would be best, but the answer is actually a dark roast.
“But how can this be?,” you may ask. Well, because lighter roasts are less roasted than its counterparts, lighter roasts are actually more acidic, and the most acidic something is, the higher chances of stained teeth.
You can probably make the connection that a darker roast is most roasted and is therefore less in caffeine, less acidic, and less likely to stain the teeth. This is good to know as many people do prefer a medium or dark roast!
This blog post is not to say that your consumption of coffee has to come to an end, but rather pay attention to what this beverage can do in excess, and know that proper oral care is more vital than ever.