Your caffeine fix and its effect on your smile – these tips can help

17th August 2017
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Most people enjoy a freshly brewed, hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning. The insatiable mixture of a deep, rich flavour and the caffeine fix tends to get you ready for the day – but it does have it’s downfalls too.

 

Yes, coffee is amazing, but it is acidic and contains tannins – so while you’re sipping, the acidity breaks down your tooth enamel and the tannins creep into crevices and stain your teeth. It’s even worse if you like it sweet, because harmful bacteria will feed on the added sugar and promote decay!

 

But fear not – with these quick, easy steps you can protect your teeth while enjoying your favourite pick-me-up:

 

  • Drink up! Sipping on your cup through the morning may sound heavenly, but it gives the acid, sugars and tannins more time to destroy your teeth. It’s much better to enjoy a full cup here and there.
  • Rinse and Repeat. If you drink a lot of coffee, make an effort to rinse your mouth after every half cup you drink. This dilutes the acidity in the mouth and washes away some of the tannins. 
  • Got Milk? The cream in milk will bind the tannins in your coffee so that they don’t stick to your teeth and stain – the creamier the better, so opt for full cream or at least low fat milk. 
  • Wait for it… an acidic cup of joe will make your tooth enamel more susceptible to damage, so try to wait at least an hour before you eat to prevent abrasions from harder, crunchy foods. 
  • Munch and Crunch! Eating crunchy fruits and vegetables, like carrots, celery and apples, after a good cuppa will give your teeth a brief, gentle polish and remove some of the tannins.

 

These habits will help you enjoy your favourite warm beverage, while significantly protecting your teeth and avoiding damage. There is no way to fully protect your teeth from some of the adverse effects of coffee though, so be sure to schedule regular appointments at our dental practice in Sea Point so we can keep an eye on your teeth and make sure they’re bright and healthy. If discoloration is affecting how you feel about your smile, give us a call. Professional teeth whitening can rescue your smile.

 

Dr. Clifford Yudelman (Primary Dentist)

Dr Clifford Yudelman is the Founder of OptiSmile Advanced Dentistry and Implant Centre. The son of a retired dentist, he was born in South Africa and obtained his Degree at the University of Witwatersrand, Dental School in 1983. He gained further experience in London for 4 years whilst studying for his USA National and State Board Exams for California. In 1986 Dr Yudelman passed the final exams with the University of Southern California Dental Graduates. He moved to California and practiced in San Diego for 16 years. He was also licenced to practice in Australia and New Zealand. In 2002, Dr Yudelman moved to Perth Australia and started a practice in Nedlands. After 12 years in Perth, he reunited with his high school sweetheart and relocated back to South Africa. Once in Cape Town, he recognised the need for a state of the art multi-specialist practice. In October 2015, OptiSmile was born with state of the art equipment, modern architecture, bright, relaxing sea views in a calming and inviting environment. His focus has been on forming a team of highly trained and experienced professionals to deliver premium and exceptional dental care. OptiSmile’s primary purpose is to help you optimise your dental health and allow you to smile with confidence.

Dr Yudelman now resides in Sea Point with Robyn and 3 beautiful teenage kids. He loves photography, cycling and physical fitness.

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Cape Town
Western Cape
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