Who doesn’t love coffee? National Coffee Day is on September 29th and it’s the perfect time to celebrate with a cup of joe! Studies show that half of American adults have at least one cup of coffee per day, making it the most popular beverage in the country (besides water, of course)! However, a coffee habit does have its drawbacks. Drinking coffee can cause the buildup of yellow stains on your teeth. If you’re a coffee drinker, here are a few things you should know about this beloved caffeinated beverage and your teeth:
Coffee is rich in a type of polyphenol called “tannins.” Tannins are partially responsible for both the flavor and deep, dark brown color of coffee. However, these compounds also have a tendency to stick to our teeth. Tooth enamel is filled with millions of tiny pores, and when we drink coffee, tannins get stuck in them and stain our teeth. Tannins can also get stuck to plaque (which is normally clear), which can cause brownish stains. Stains on plaque can be easily cleaned awat and do not require any kind of special whitening treatment. Enamel stains will need to be treated with a whitening procedure.
Teeth whitening treatments use peroxides (such as carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide) to destroy organic stains on your teeth. Peroxides contain highly-volatile oxygen molecules, which break the chemical bonds that hold stains onto your enamel. By breaking these bonds, teeth whitening “bleaches” the stain away and restores the natural, white color of your enamel.
There are a few things you can do to prevent stains while drinking coffee:
Tooth stains are an unfortunate side effect of drinking coffee. But they’re not permanent. With teeth whitening from Dr. Neil Salesky, you can remove coffee stains from your teeth and get a bright, beautiful smile. To learn more and get started, schedule a consultation at (860) 628-5029, or visit our office in-person at 15 Cornerstone Ct #3a, Plantsville, CT 06479.
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