When it comes to morning routines, most people like to start the day off with a cup of coffee. Coffee helps give you that boost of energy, and causes you to feel more alert and energized to take on the day. Some might even reach for a second cup when they feel that afternoon slump. While coffee is a great way to increase alertness and energy, it has its drawbacks when it comes to your oral health. Here are a few things you should know about the beloved caffeinated drink and how it can impact your teeth.

Coffee has a type of polyphenol called tannins. Tannins are a type of plant compound naturally found in foods and beverages, like coffee. They’re known for their bitter flavors and ability to easily bind with minerals and proteins. Your tooth enamel has millions of ridges, pores, and pits. Tannins tend to stick to your teeth, causing a yellow unwanted stain. This is called an extrinsic tooth stain. Extrinsic tooth stains occur at the surface of the tooth.

Fortunately, there are many treatment options for stained teeth. You can keep your teeth healthy by maintaining a consistent oral health routine, twice-yearly visits to Reimels Miller & Paterra Dentistry, and by limiting your consumption of coffee.

We have found that the discoloration and stains can make many of our patients feel self-conscious about their smiles. If you dream of getting whiter, brighter results quickly, here at Reimels Miller & Paterra Dentistry we will find the best solution for you to achieve a whiter smile! You will leave your appointment feeling more confident with a whiter, healthier-looking smile and dramatic, rapid results!

Are you interested in removing stains to maintain your healthy smile? Call our front desk today at 704-948-1111 and one of our team members will be happy to assist you.