We Americans sure do love our coffee. The Specialty Coffee Corporation of America keeps track of consumption and found that half of Americans 18 and older drink coffee every day. That’s 150 million people! It’s no wonder there’s a coffee shop on every corner!
Unfortunately, we also love our bright white smiles, and coffee is notorious for staining teeth.
Why Coffee Stains Your Teeth
Dental enamel is very hard, in fact, it’s the hardest substance in the human body. But while the surface of your teeth looks smooth, it is actually filled with ridges and pits. The pigments from coffee and other staining foods collect in these spaces and turn your teeth from bright white to dark and dingy.
But wait, you don’t drink black coffee, so you’re in the clear, right? Unfortunately, no. No matter how white your coffee looks, its staining pigments are still present.
Restoring Your Bright Smile
Obviously, the best way to avoid these stains on your teeth is to stop drinking coffee altogether, but that's just not an option for many of us. The next best thing you can do is to drink your coffee at specific times during the day and brush or at least rinse your mouth afterward. Nursing a cup allows these pigments to remain in your mouth all day, staining your teeth.
Professional Teeth Whitening
Of course, proper oral hygiene and routine cleaning appointments can do a lot to minimize staining. But if stains have gotten ahead of you, a professional teeth whitening treatment will be your best bet for a bright smile.
If you are looking for a teeth whitening dentist in Metairie, Oak Family Dental offers take-home kits, complete with customized trays and prescription-strength whitening gel. Just wear the gel-filled trays for about 20 to 30 minutes a day, and you will be rewarded with a smile that’s as much as six shades brighter.
Would you like to arrange a cleaning appointment to discuss your needs? Please call us to get started!