Drinking More Coffee Lately? Watch for Stains!

It used to be that you could count the number of coffee shops in Houston, TX on one hand; today, it seems like everyone has the habit, because there is a coffee shop on almost every corner!

If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you might have heard some interesting news: according to a panel of experts created by the FDA and the Department of Agriculture, Americans shouldn’t be drinking less coffee, but more of it!

As it turns out, coffee has a lot of great health benefits. That’s great news for you, but it’s terrible news for your teeth!

Even if you’re not a java junkie, you can get stains on your teeth. At Precise Dental of Houston, we can get your teeth whiter and brighter than ever before, and get rid of stubborn stains (even worse than the ones caused by coffee!).

In this post, we’re going to talk about how you can keep your teeth whiter longer: either to extend the life and value of a whitening treatment, or to try to avoid stains in the first place.

How Much Coffee is Too Much? 

Apparently, that number is pretty high.  According to The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a panel of nutrition scientists and other experts, Americans are drinking a lot less coffee than they should. The average American drinks about 1.7 cups of joe a day. The recommended amount per day according to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee? Try 5!

By drinking 5 cups of coffee a day, you can get the full health benefits of coffee, such as reducing your risk of developing heart disease, and preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes. Just take it easy on the sugar and your daily coffee habit might be the best thing you consume all day!

What Can I Do? 

If you’re going to drink all that coffee, or just stick to the “dose” you’re happy with now, you’re going to get stains on your teeth that can take a lot of work to get rid of.  We offer KöR Deep Bleaching and Zoom! Whitespeed Whitening, so you can choose how you’d like to address your dental staining.

You can’t stop staining entirely, but there are some things you can do to slow it down.

  1. Stick to a serious oral health routine: Brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash twice a day, or even better, after every meal!
  2. Make regular appointments with your dentist, and keep them: Twice yearly exams and cleanings will keep your teeth clean, and most importantly, healthy. When you make your appointment, make sure to ask about our comprehensive cavity prevention and care treatments!
  3. When You’re Eating or Drinking: 

Be mindful of the foods you eat and what you drink! 

This goes for everything, not just coffee: pay attention to the color of what you’re eating. Stains are caused by pigment molecules that get stuck on the surface of your teeth. If you wouldn’t want it on a white tablecloth, you don’t want it on your teeth.

This includes brightly-colored berries (blueberries, raspberries, and cherries are good examples), sodas, sports drinks, tomatoes (or anything with a lot of acid in it), especially beets, and even walnuts (they leave a black substance on your teeth)! 

That doesn’t mean you can’t eat or drink brightly colored foods and beverages, but you can take certain precautions to reduce the stains they’ll create:

Swallow Your Food Quickly: 

Not too quick: don’t choke yourself! However, if you’re eating something that you think will cause stains on your teeth, don’t let it linger in your mouth. Chew and swallow; resist the urge to savor if you want to keep your teeth bright and white!

A Straw is Your New Best Friend: 

Some people think that straws are unsophisticated, but those people probably have dark and ugly stains on their teeth. Keep yours clean! Swallowing quickly will work for food, this will help you prevent staining beverages from touching your teeth.

Call Precise Dental Today for Your Whitest Smile Now! 

Precise Dental has the whitening options that make it easy to keep your teeth sparkling, gleaming white.

Zoom! Whitespeed Whitening is fast, and only takes a single appointment with the dentist to get dramatically whiter teeth in under an hour! It combines powerful whitening agents with LED light technology to make your teeth many shades whiter!

KöR Deep Bleaching is our “take-home” option. It can handle even the deepest stains, and is ideal for those with sensitive teeth but still want a better, brighter smile: up to sixteen shades whiter!

Call us today! Dial 713-812-1712 or click here for our online appointment form