Does coffee stain your teeth?

I'm a coffee drinker, am I staining my teeth?

Many people start their day with a cup of coffee, be it at home, on the commute or once they arrive at work and whilst this can be a welcome start to the day, it does have some consequences. In fact, drinking too much coffee can result in unwanted stains, that will damage your teeth.

Your teeth are made from a hard material known as enamelHard calcified tissue covering dentin of the crown of tooth., which seems smooth, but is actually made up of tiny ridges, where food and drink can be ingrained. Coffee contains a potentially harmful compound called tannins, which causes pigments to attach themselves to your teeth and become stuck. Due to the dark colour, those is leads to staining and permanent damage. Even adding more milk or cream to make the coffee lighter will not protect the teeth from staining.

In order to combat this and avoid “coffee stains”, we recommend attempting to cut down on having coffee daily, either by removing it or only having a few cups a week. This could prove difficult for some and in this case, you may want to consider washing your mouth and brushing your teeth as soon as you’ve had a coffee in an attempt to immediately remove any tannins that have been embedded in the enamel.

Speak with your dentist about specific toothpastes that focuses on whitening safely as these may be able to help maintain the natural colour of the enamel and protect again your daily dose of coffee. Alternatively, you can also ask about teeth whitening treatment that your dentist may be able to provide.

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