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Dental Advice for Coffee Drinkers

3 Minutes 14th April 2024

Every morning across the globe, millions of people either switch the kettle on and add two spoonfuls of coffee to their favourite mug or flock to their nearest coffee house and order a caramel latte or a frothy cappuccino. Coffee has become a staple of many people’s lives, transforming from a need to a necessity and creating an entire mini economy in of itself.

However, frequent coffee consumption can have significant impacts on dental health, which often go overlooked. Let’s take a look further.

Understanding Coffee’s Impact on Your Teeth

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Coffee is naturally acidic, which can weaken the enamel on your teeth. This weakening can leave your teeth more vulnerable to decay, cavities, and other dental problems. Additionally, coffee is known for causing staining and contributing to the buildup of harmful bacteria that can lead to gum disease and tooth decay.

Coffee and oral health: Dental protection techniques

While it’s widely known that coffee can stain teeth, its impact on dental health goes beyond just cosmetic concerns. The acidity in coffee can weaken tooth enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay. To mitigate this, consider adopting habits like:

Rinsing with Water After Drinking Coffee

Immediately after finishing your coffee, rinse your mouth with water. This simple step helps to wash away coffee residue and neutralize acids, protecting your enamel from erosion.

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Delaying Brushing After Drinking Coffee

It’s important to wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth after having coffee. Brushing too soon can damage the enamel further because it is already softened by the acid in the coffee.

Using a pH Balanced Mouthwash

Incorporate the use of a pH-balanced mouthwash into your daily oral care routine. Swishing mouthwash for 30 seconds after drinking coffee can help restore the natural pH balance in your mouth, reducing the risk of dental problems caused by acidity.

Choose your Coffee Wisely

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Opt for darker roasts as they generally have lower acidity levels than lighter roasts. Additionally, consider switching to cold brew, which typically has a lower acid content than hot brewed coffee.

Use a Straw

When possible, drink your coffee through a straw to minimise contact with your teeth. This practice is particularly effective in reducing the risk of stains.

Regular Dental Check-ups

Visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups. Professional cleanings can remove coffee stains, and your dentist can provide further advice tailored to your specific dental health needs.

For more information on foods that are detrimental to your health and the impact of coffee on your health, please pop into our practice, contact us or call us directly on 01248 787878.


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