After the Boston Tea Party in 1773, Americans got their first taste of the warm and tasty drink most adults can’t start their morning without – coffee. When the colonies revolted against King George III’s tea tax, they swapped out tea for a cup of joe. It has since become one of the most popular beverages in the United States! The caffeinated beverage is now celebrated on September 29th, which is National Coffee Day. Most people are excited about all the special deals to come, but you could harm your oral health if you’re not careful. Here’s how to celebrate while protecting your smile.
How Does Coffee Affect Your Oral Health?
Coffee can affect your oral health in many different ways, both good and bad. Let’s start with the good news! A study found that people who drink one cup of joe a day are 12% less likely to die from cancer, stroke, diabetes, or heart, kidney, and respiratory diseases. It also contains polyphenols, which help keep your teeth healthy and strong by breaking down plaque-causing bacteria.
Despite the benefits, there are downsides you should be aware of as well. Frequent consumption can stain your teeth, cause bad breath (halitosis), dry out your mouth, and weaken your teeth. It also increases your risk of cavities, decay, and enamel erosion.
Tips to Keep Your Smile Healthy During National Coffee Day
Luckily, there are many steps you can take to minimize the effects of this drink. Here are a few tips to keep in mind while celebrating National Coffee Day:
Avoid Sipping All Day
Although you might want to enjoy your beverage for as long as possible, sipping throughout the day can harm your oral health. To prevent staining and enamel erosion, drink your coffee during a designated time frame and finish it all at once. Don’t forget to use a straw to help reduce prolonged exposure to sugar and acidity!
Skip the Added Sugar
Since coffee can taste quite bitter on its own, many people will add sugar or syrup to the beverage to enhance its flavor. Unfortunately, that can wreak havoc on your teeth, causing bacteria in your mouth to produce harmful acids that wear down enamel. Keep your mouth safe by limiting added sugar in your drink.
Drink Plenty of Water
Did you know that caffeine can cause dehydration? You may get a dry mouth, which increases your risk for oral infections like gum disease. To keep your mouth hydrated, be sure to drink plenty of water with your coffee. Not only will it lead to healthier teeth and gums, but fresher breath as well!
Brush or Rinse Afterward
After drinking coffee, gently brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with water to minimize staining and lower your chances of developing bad breath. Just make sure you wait at least 30 minutes after finishing your cup of joe.
All in all, you don’t have to miss out on celebrating National Coffee Day. By following the tips outlined above, you can protect your smile while enjoying your favorite drink!
About the Practice
At Corbin Family Dental Care, we strive to create a welcoming environment where patients of all ages feel comfortable receiving the dental care they need. Our team goes above and beyond to make sure every visit is satisfying, enjoyable, and professional. We’re passionate about educating our patients to help them make the best decisions for their oral health. For more tips on protecting your smile this National Coffee Day, visit our website or call (606) 523-1415.