There's nothing that's quite as inspiring at 6 o'clock in the morning as that first, hot cup of “joe.” The smell is amazing and the taste is delectable, but unfortunately coffee is not a friend to the enamel of your teeth. Learn more about why coffee stains your smile and how you can avoid or fix tooth discoloration with cosmetic dental services in Nashua by our dentist.
Why Does Coffee Stain?
The surface of your teeth looks smooth when you look in the mirror, but if you were to look at it with a high-powered microscope you’d see that it actually has many ridges and pores. Those ridges allow liquids in that can change the color of the teeth. There are three simple reasons why coffee is at the top of the list of foods that can stain your teeth:
- It's a liquid
- It's very hot
- It has a very dark pigment
All of these factors make it much easier for coffee to penetrate the enamel of the teeth and cause staining. Even if you put milk in your coffee, it has the same potential to cause discoloration.
Ways to Prevent Discoloration Over Time
As damaging as coffee can be to the shade of your teeth when you drink it every day, there are a few ways to prevent or reduce the chance of discoloration in advance of scheduling an appointment for cosmetic dental services in Nashua by our dentist. For one, whenever possible you should use a straw when drinking your coffee. Also, after drinking your morning cup of coffee, go to the bathroom to rinse your teeth with water and baking soda or mouthwash.
It also helps to use a good whitening toothpaste in the morning and before bed to counteract the effects of coffee.
Whiten Your Teeth with Cosmetic Dentistry
If coffee and other staining-causing food and beverages have already stained your teeth, your best bet is to have them whitened. If you want significantly whiter teeth in a short period of time, contact us at our Nashua dental office for a consultation. We offer a popular professional teeth whitening service
at his cosmetic dentistry in Nashua using a high-powered bleaching gel that improves the shade of your teeth by up to 10 shades. If you would like to request an appointment, click Appointment Request
How do you keep your teeth white? We would love to hear from you!