Stay Thirsty My Friends...Drink Coffee
Did you know that 80% of American adults consume coffee every day? Coffee is the 2nd most traded commodity in the world. Coffee gets you up in the morning. Coffee has been shown to have positive effects on Alzheimer’s disease, type 2 diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease. But what affects does coffee have on your teeth?
Let’s start with the obvious, staining. With its dark color and frequent consumption, coffee cause teeth to yellow over time. People think since coffee causes your teeth to yellow that it is bad for you. This is simply not the case. Many studies have shown that coffee by itself can fight the bacteria in your mouth. So with the proper whitening regimen, you can have your coffee and white teeth too!
What you put in coffee can change the effects of coffee on your teeth. Adding sugar to your coffee can negate the positive effects of the coffee itself and help fuel the bacteria to cause cavities. Using a natural sugar substitute such as Xylitol can add flavor to your java and still keep the cavities away! Consuming xylitol by itself has been shown to reduce bacterial growth as well, so it’s a win-win!
Coffee can weaken your enamel. Coffee is acidic with a pH of around 4.5. This acid can temporarily soften enamel and takes approximately 30 minutes for the enamel to reharden. Your toothbrush may strip away the weakened enamel if you brush too soon so it is best to wait a half an hour before brushing.
Stay thirsty my friends, and drink coffee…it can help your teeth! But be careful, you can overdose on coffee, but it would take an estimated 100 cups to do so.