We’ve all heard about the benefits of a cup of coffee. Things like protecting your liver, reducing the risks of heart disease, cancer and diabetes are well known but did you know that coffee can also help your teeth by preventing bone loss in the jaw and may help to protect your gums? If you drink coffee in moderation, the nutritional benefits can outweigh the bad such as tooth staining.
You should limit your intake to less than 5 cups of coffee a day, since more than this can over stimulate you and may interfere with your sleep.
If you are worried about staining, try drinking or rinsing your mouth out with water after your coffee. As with any acidic drinks that can soften the enamel, do not brush your teeth right after your coffee but wait about 30 minutes so the enamel on your teeth can harden again.
So don’t give up that morning joe! Just remember, no more than 5 cups and drink water or rinse after your coffee. For more information about teeth whitening, call Brogdon Dental at 423.870.5698 to see what we recommend or to schedule a consultation.