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How Do Coffee and Tea Affect Your Teeth?

The temperature is dropping, and getting out of a warm bed in the morning is getting harder and harder!

Sometimes the only thing that can get us up and going in the morning is a big cup of coffee or tea. While that can be a great jump-start to our day, coffee and tea often have negative effects on our teeth and oral health.

We have heard and we know that dark drinks stain your teeth over time.

According to colgate.com, “although the enamel of your teeth is the hardest substance in the human body, it is not flat and smooth. On the contrary, your tooth enamel contains microscopic pits and ridges that can hold particles of food and drink.

Pigments from dark-colored drinks such as coffee, tea, and soda can become embedded in those cracks and ridges and, if the proper steps are not taken, can cause permanent, yellowing stains on your teeth.”

Beyond the staining are there other effects of coffee and tea on our teeth?

Coffee and tea have acids, tannins and chromogens that are harmful to your teeth in more ways than one. The tannins and chromogens are the enzymes that stain your teeth. The acid breaks down the tooth enamel and weakens your tooth and makes it more susceptible to staining and other damages.

The caffeine that is in coffee and most teas also dries out your mouth and can lead to dehydration.  Dry mouth also contributes to tooth decay and even gum disease.

Coffee and tea are great in moderation and are still great ways to wake yourself up, or give you a mid-day pick me up.  Herbal teas are a great alternative that have no caffeine and often contain less acids and tannins. Green tea has often been known to boost your dental health, while still giving you that hot drink for the morning!

Still have questions about the effects of coffee and tea? Give us a call at (801)747-8018 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists to sit down and talk about your teeth and set up a treatment plan for a brighter, stronger smile!

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