Coffee is the fuel that powers many of us in our on-the-go society. It is a popular beverage for almost any time of day, and can be prepared to suit nearly any taste. Coffee has been touted for some health benefits and scorned for some health detriments. At the start of it all, coffee must first pass through your mouth. So how does it affect your smile?
Because of the high level of sulfur compound in coffee, its scent lingers in the blood stream and recirculates through your lungs when you exhale. It also has the tendency to dry out the mouth. The reduction in saliva allows the pungent coffee and other food particles to stick around and give off an odor.
A Stained Smile
Your teeth are not as smooth as they may appear. Teeth are naturally somewhat porous. This means that they are covered with tiny microscopic channels. Teeth also contain a variety of microscopic ridges and fissures. Any porous or rough or grooved area of a tooth is prone to collecting the pigment from dark foods such as coffee. This is what leads to deep staining.
No Sugar For Me, Thank You!
Some people routinely take their coffee fixed up with sweeteners and whipped cream and syrups. These added goodies turn a basic cup of coffee into a dessert! Frequently taking in sugary liquids increases the amount of time your teeth are exposed to acids and the effects of cavity-causing bacteria, which feed on sugar.
Coffee may be a fantastic source of quick energy, but don’t neglect your oral hygiene! Visit your dentist to find out more about how you can combat the influence of coffee on your oral health.
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Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
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