Did you know that National Coffee Day is September 29th? With a day celebrating our favorite caffeinated beverage coming up, we’re going to address a common question patients often ask: Is coffee good or bad for your smile? Well, let’s find out!
Bad Breath and Teeth Stains
First, let’s talk about the downsides of coffee. Like many other caffeinated beverages, coffee produces dry mouth. When we don’t have enough saliva to help remove harmful bacteria and food particles, then the risk of plaque buildup and tooth decay increases. Along with this comes an elevated risk of bad breath. In addition, the dark pigments in the beverage often mean brown or yellow discoloration forming on the teeth. If you’re worried about teeth stains, then you may need to cut back. If you add cream and sugar to your coffee, this only elevates the risk of cavities forming.
Cancer and Tooth Decay Prevention
But it’s not all bad news! A recent study showed that people that drink five cups or more a day have a reduced risk of developing oral cancer. In addition, the drink contains polyphenols, which not only help reduce the overall risk of cancer, but also stop the bacteria responsible for plaque and tooth decay. So, you may not have to quit your favorite drink cold turkey, but moderation may be the key to avoiding the downsides of this delicious beverage.
Protecting Your Teeth From Decay
If you want to continue to enjoy your caffeinated beverages, but don’t want to develop cavities, then you need preventive dentistry. Preventive dentistry means undergoing routine checkups and cleanings, which helps safeguard your smile against cavities, gum disease, and even discoloration. At home, you should be brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing each night before bed. If you have questions about preventive dentistry and keeping your smile healthy, then give us a call today!
Do You Have Questions About Oral Health?
We have general and preventive treatments to help you enjoy healthy smiles for years to come. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling the Viva Dental Family Dentistry office nearest you at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson).