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With about half of all adults regularly drinking coffee, many enjoy the cozy, unique ambiance provided by their local cafes. Typically adorned with artsy decor, local coffee shops offer a setting that’s ideal for reading, meeting with friends, or spending a couple hours working on your laptop. But how do all the options at your local cafe affect your teeth? Explore some of the benefits of coffee as well as the cavity-causers that are found at your favorite cafe.
While coffee was once a luxury item relegated to the wealthy, it’s become a widely available and beloved beverage throughout the world. These stats confirm the impact that coffee has on our economy, lives, and culture.
Recent studies have shown that drinking black coffee yields legitimate benefits for your smile. A coffee bean that was discovered in Brazil and which is currently used in 30% of all coffee has been found to prevent tooth decay. The bean called Coffea canephora plays an active role in breaking down the biofilm that accumulates on the teeth which can lead to dental problems. The researchers warn that the effects will be canceled out if you put sugar-based additives in your coffee, so leave it black to reap the full benefits.
While consuming black coffee can yield meaningful benefits for your smile, how many people just order black coffee at their local cafe? The second that sugar, mocha syrup, whipped cream, and other toppings are poured into your coffee, it becomes drinkable candy that’s loaded with sugar. Check out some of the items you order at a coffee shop can harm your smile.
Along with acid, sugar is the biggest cause of tooth decay, cavities, and other threats to your oral health. To counteract the bitterness of their coffee, many people add a variety of syrups, toppings, and sweets that are all high in sugar. For example, a cup of coffee is sugar-free, but a Caramel Macchiato from a famous coffee chain has 33 grams of sugar in just a medium size. If you’re a fan of coffee drinks, it’s important to understand that you’re consuming a lot of sugar with each sip.
Certain foods have become synonymous with coffee shops. Pastries such as danishes and scones are often the foods that are sold with coffee, and in most cases, these are very high in sugar content. To keep your sugar intake to a minimum, consider choosing a salad, sandwich, or food that isn’t considered a pastry.
While staining will never harm your oral health, it can make people feel insecure about their smile. Along with wine and tea, coffee is known as a major cause of staining on the teeth. If staining becomes a problem, many whitening products are available at your local drug store for less than $20. For a stronger whitening effect, Dr. Golly offers professional tooth whitening treatments that can whiten your smile by multiple shades in a short time.
Whether you’re in the 50% of Americans who drink coffee every day or you have other habits you love to indulge in, it’s worth it to take a minute and consider how it may be impacting your teeth. Oral health is closely linked to the health of the rest of your body, so keeping your gums, teeth, and mouth in good condition can reduce the risk of a wide range of ailments. If you have dental concerns or are ready for your next biannual appointment, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Golly.