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How to Maintain White Teeth and Enjoy your Coffee Too

Dr Devine cosmetic dentistry

keep white teeth and coffeeServing Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN

For millions of Americans, the morning is not complete until that first cup of coffee—whether it be hot, iced, or cold brew. If you’re a coffee-lover, then you may also know about how frequent coffee consumption can stain your teeth. You don’t have to give up your coffee to maintain a bright smile. Devine Dentistry, a cosmetic dental office in Nashville, is here to share a few ways you can have your coffee and white teeth, too.

Water, please

Coffee does the most damage to your teeth the longer the residue remains in your mouth, and it’s highly acidic, which could eventually erode your dental enamel. You can counter that prolonged exposure by rinsing your mouth with water as soon as possible after finishing your coffee.

Use a straw

People don’t usually drink hot beverages with a straw, so this tip may work best if you’re sipping a cold brew or iced coffee. Drinking your coffee through a straw can help prevent stains by minimizing the chance of coffee contacting the front surfaces of your teeth.

Avoid sipping coffee all day

Sipping your coffee over an extended period means the coffee has more time to stain the surfaces of your teeth. Meanwhile, just like prolonged sporadic snacking can increase your risk of tooth decay, bacteria in your mouth feed on the lingering sugars in what you eat and drink. Oral bacteria can metabolize sugar in about 20 minutes, meaning your enamel could be compromised even while you’re still enjoying that cup of coffee. Therefore, it’s best to enjoy your cup of coffee and then brush your teeth afterward to prevent prolonged exposure to your teeth, instead of sipping coffee throughout the day.

Drink it black

Do you take your coffee with cream and sugar? This just adds to the dental threat from your daily caffeine habit, potentially escalating the levels of decay and discoloration happening inside your mouth. Take your coffee black instead, as one of the key recommendations to good oral health is to limit your overall intake of sugar in what you eat and drink.

Schedule a professional teeth whitening treatment

Can’t give up your coffee or cut back? Consider having your teeth whitened professionally by your Nashville cosmetic dentist. Unlike whitening toothpaste or a store-bought whitening kit, professional teeth whitening uses a more powerful bleaching agent and is administered under the care of an oral health professional, thus minimizing your risk of experiencing heightened dental sensitivity. One of the most popular procedures in cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening can make a dramatic difference in the appearance of your smile just by whitening your teeth a few shades. And you can achieve this change in a quick, convenient one-hour appointment.

Teeth Whitening in Nashville

Experience the difference that comes from a professional whitening treatment. We offer both in-office and at-home options. To learn if professional teeth whitening is right for you, schedule a consultation at the office of Devine Dentistry today by calling (615) 269-4209.

Devine Dentistry is proud to offer cosmetic dentistry services to our patients in the areas of Belle Meade, Green Hills, and Nashville, TN.