“Will Coffee Stain My Teeth?”

If you drink coffee every day, there is a good chance the substance can permanently stain your teeth. Unfortunately, the United States is a country of coffee consumers. Coffee is deeply ingrained in our culture. We don’t like to forget our thermos filled with freshly brewed coffee when rushing out the door for work in the morning, and we love leisurely Saturdays at our local coffee house discussing politics and pop culture with our friends. However, if you’re considering giving up coffee to prevent further staining, consider these tips below for coffee alternatives.

Coffee Alternatives

Many of us love the jolt of energy we get from the caffeine in coffee and the comforting aroma that comes with it. If you’re looking to replace coffee but still need that morning boost of energy, swap coffee for B vitamin supplements instead. B vitamins are a natural and sustainable source of energy for your body. They can be purchased at most grocery stores and pharmacies. They can come in the form of drink mixes, capsules, and oral drops. However, make sure to check with you doctor before adding supplements to your diet.

In addition to supplements, coffee drinkers need to make sure to get their rest. A commitment to getting enough sleep can greatly increase energy levels. In addition to getting the rest you need, choose foods that will help fuel your body. Multigrain carbohydrates, fresh vegetables, and lean proteins are packed full of beneficial nutrients and minerals. A balanced diet helps your body convert food into useful energy. Certain foods, such as junk food or sugary candies, may give a slight boost at first but can actually make you feel more tired in the long run!

While coffee may give you a boost in the morning, if you sip it throughout the day, you are bathing your teeth in a liquid that is acidic and can etch out the gumline on your teeth and around the edges of old fillings. It starts by staining the teeth and contributes to creating a gap where bateria and sugary foods can hide. So make sure to rinse out your mouth with water to dilute the acid off your teeth!

Although changing your coffee habits may prevent further staining, cutting back on coffee won’t erase existing stains. If you’re looking to whiten your smile, consult with Dr. Randall LaFrom on the teeth whitening procedures he offers. Contact our Cupertino dentist office today at (408) 996-8595 to schedule a consultation. We proudly serve residents in Saratoga, Sunnyvale, Campbell, San Jose, and Santa Clara County.

~ by cupertinodentist on March 23, 2012.

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