Coffee is a large part of morning routines across the world, with some of us claiming to be largely incapable of functioning without it.
But just what kind of effect is regular consumption having on your dental health?
We take a look at the facts and bust a few myths when it comes to coffee and whether it really can affect your smile.
Coffee can weaken your enamel
So is coffee bad for your teeth? In short, yes. Regular coffee consumption can weaken your enamel due to its acidity, turning your mouth into an environment that is conducive to bacteria growth.
Enamel is the thin outer covering of your teeth that protects the delicate tissues inside, so weakened enamel can lead to tooth decay and even gum disease.
But it’s not time to ditch the coffee just yet - it’s only mildly acidic. Coffee has a pH of around 5, which, when compared to the pH of orange juice at around 3.8, isn’t too bad for your teeth.
Just be sure to come and see us at the clinic regularly for a complete dental assessment.
We don’t need to tell you the effect sugar has on your teeth, so it goes without saying that a black coffee isn’t as bad for your dental health as a creamy, sugary Frappuccino.
The sugar combines with the acidity of the coffee to really test your teeth, so it’s always better to drink those sugary coffees in moderation (or not at all!).
Staining and discolouration
Of course the colour and acidic nature of coffee can lead to some staining and discolouration, but there are ways to combat this.
Rinsing your mouth with water after you finish your coffee is a good way to stop the liquid sitting in your mouth and causing damage.
You could also alter your coffee-drinking habits themselves, possibly by drinking through a straw, to prevent staining.
Discolouration is very common however, and at The Harrogate Clinic we offer a number of in-chair and at home whitening solutions.
Get in touch with us on 01423 637172 or book a consultation via our website to discuss our range of whitening options!