How to Keep Waking Up with Caffeine but Without the Dental Stains
Posted on 5/29/2020 by Water's Edge Dental
Do you love coffee? If so, you probably already know that this well-loved beverage can stain your pearly whites. In fact, coffee is one of the most common reasons that people have tooth-staining problems. While a stain may not appear immediately after drinking a cup of coffee, the stains do build up over time. Once they start to emerge, you may find it difficult to remove them. The best way to deal with staining is to work at preventing coffee stains. The following tips will help you get the morning pick-up you need without the dental stains.
What to Do Naturally to Prevent Coffee Stains
To prevent coffee from staining the teeth, add some milk. The milk provides a layer of protection against coffee's staining acids as well as lightens the hue. The protein in milk binds to the polyphenols in the coffee. Instead of producing stains, the polyphenols move into the digestive tract, where they are quickly broken down. Only milk from an animal, however, will prevent the stains. Soy milk, for instance, does not contain the same type of protein as cow's milk. Also, the higher the content of fat in the cow's milk, the better. You can also drink coffee through a straw to prevent staining. You might try this approach when drinking an iced coffee drink
Caffeine Impacts the Effects of Staining
Caffeine may pick you up in the morning. However, coffee with more caffeine also produces more staining. That is because the amount of caffeine is related to the number of polyphenols in the coffee. If you drink a coffee with less caffeine, you also will drink a beverage with fewer stain-causing polyphenols. Also, the method of brewing, affects staining. Coffee that is brewed in a percolator will stain the teeth less than coffee brewed in some other ways. However, the best brew method is cold brewing. This technique may take longer, but it will ultimately reduce the chance of staining. As you can see, you can prevent the stains produced by coffee. We also recommend that you brush your teeth if you have to drink coffee with caffeine. If you cannot brush your teeth, at least rinse them with a little plain milk or water. Doing so can remove the residue that attaches to the teeth. Just don't do it right after you drink the brew, as the acids can soften the enamel. If you brush right after your drink coffee, you could damage the enamel. For all your dental needs, we are here to help. Contact us today about scheduling an appointment for a cleaning and consultation.
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