Coffee. It’s not called Wakey Juice for nothing! The love that humans have for coffee goes way back, and it expands far and wide. We say things like “coffee first, talk second,” and we mean it. It doesn’t matter if you heard that coffee will stain your teeth. You love and need for this beverage overrides most other things. The report on coffee isn’t all bad, and we aren’t suggesting that you end this love-affair with your beloved bean juice. In fact, we’ll even go so far as to point out some of the positive research on drinking coffee!
- One study suggests that coffee-drinkers are 40% less likely to get liver cancer.
- Two 8-ounce servings of coffee a day are thought to lower the risk of heart failure by 11%.
The caffeine in coffee seems to have a positive effect on the movement capabilities of individuals with Parkinson’s Disease.
This is your Smile on Coffee
With all the health benefits that seem to stem from your steaming cup, why would you consider putting an end to this habit? Really, it would come down to your smile. And with that in mind, there are several things you can do to have your proverbial cake and eat it, too.
Most modifications to your coffee habit revolve around diminishing the two biggest culprits of this beverage: acidity and tannins. Tannins are polyphenol compounds found in the coffee bean (and also in grape skins, for you wine lovers). Tannins are colored, which enables them to stain teeth. Acidity, as well, can lead to discoloration through the wearing away of enamel over time.
- Swirl it. One way to cut both acidity and tannins in coffee is to swirl in some full-dairy cream. Research suggests that the casein protein in cream and milk unifies with tannins, inhibiting their stain-causing effects.
- Swish it. Water is a wonderful way to counteract that cup of Joe. Especially if you swish a bit here and there while you’re making your way through your morning brew.
- Sip it. Of course, you sip your coffee. What damages your teeth is sipping for hours on end. After a cup, take some time. Let your teeth recover. And swish some water.
Patients of Peters Dental Associates can find the brightening treatment they need to maintain dazzling teeth alongside their coffee habit. Call (281) 486-8061 and ask about Zoom Whitening.