Do you have a cup or more of coffee every day? According to the National Coffee Association about 70 percent of American adults consume coffee daily. If you’re among the majority who can’t live without their warm cup in the morning, there’s a holiday coming that you’ll definitely want to observe. September 29 is National Coffee Day, where everyone celebrates their favorite beverage. But did you know that your daily fix could be damaging your smile? Here are the things you should know about how coffee impacts your oral health and what you can do about it.
Beware of Coffee-Caused Dental Issues
The coffee you drink may wake you up in the morning or during the afternoon lull, but it comes with a potential cost. If you’re a consistent coffee drinker, be on the lookout for the following problems:
- Teeth stains: dark coffee is highly pigmented and can leave deep-set stains on your teeth over time.
- Bad breath: this beverage sticks to your tongue and can give your breath an unpleasant smell.
- Dry mouth: coffee inhibits the production of saliva, which creates the perfect environment for bacteria in your mouth.
- Acidic content: cavities are mostly caused by acids produced by bad bacteria in the mouth, but consuming too much acidic foods or drinks can make the situation worse.
How to Enjoy Coffee Without Damaging Your Teeth
Although water is more beneficial for your smile, it doesn’t mean that you can’t still drink coffee. However, you may need to make certain little changes to prevent the problems discussed above.
Don’t Sip Throughout the Day
When you have your morning java, drink it quickly with your breakfast. Sipping it here and there only prolongs exposing your teeth to acids and staining.
Keep a Regular Oral Hygiene Routine
Make sure that you are at least brushing twice and flossing once every day. These habits may seem simple, but they are essential for fighting plaque. In addition, you must visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings to catch and prevent cavities.
Have a Healthy Diet
The foods you eat can affect both the bacterial growth in your mouth as well as the color of your teeth. Choose mouth-friendly foods, such as carrots, strawberries, apples, yogurt, and celery to reduce the impact coffee can have.
As with most things in life, coffee should be enjoyed in moderation. Try to stick to one cup in the morning and perhaps one more in the afternoon or a total of two cups for the day. Limiting your coffee consumption can help you keep the bacteria in your mouth under control.
Whether you’re a coffee lover or just an occasional drinker, you can have both a delicious beverage and a healthy, beautiful smile on National Coffee Day!
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