Are you a coffee connoisseur? We sure know a few. Sometimes there’s just nothing better than the initial smell then taste of freshly ground coffee to perk you up for your day. While coffee does encompass benefits, you should also be aware of the potential downsides from your favorite cup of joe.

 

Discover more on the oral health effects coffee can have on your teeth. Continue reading below for valuable information on what you can do to take preventive measures when drinking your beloved Starbucks Gingerbread Latte this year. 

WHY DOES COFFEE STAIN MY TEETH?

Your enamel is covered with minute gaps. Particular food and drink residue stick in those gaps and allows the formation of extrinsic stain and bacteria buildup. Pigments from dark-colored drinks like coffee and tea become embedded in those ridges and can cause permanent discolored stains on your teeth. Without removing the stain, the outer layer of your tooth that is discolored begins to affect the other layers and staining gets harder to clean off. 

 

Besides Coffee, What Other Foods and Drinks Can Stain Teeth? 

 

Other foods and drinks that can stain your teeth include, but aren’t limited to: 

EFFECTS OF COFFEE STAINS ON TEETH

Drinking coffee does have underlying effects on your teeth after some time without your effort to remove staining. It’s easy for staining to not be noticeable at first. Consider the following effects your java can have on your teeth: 

 

Bacteria formation. Coffee can cause bacteria to form in your mouth, which affects your teeth by making them weaker.  

 

Bad breath. Bad breath, or halitosis, is caused by the coffee sticking to your tongue. Avoid this by eating foods before you drink coffee. Additionally, when you brush your teeth, don’t forget to brush your tongue, too! 

 

Yellowing of teeth. Of course, the extrinsic staining of your teeth comes from not taking care of your teeth after drinking coffee. It can be a prolonged discoloration if you don’t meet with your dentist to get the staining removed.

 

GET RID OF STAINING WITH THESE TIPS

Coffee Drinkers: How to Take Preventive Measure When Drinking Coffee

Get rid of your pesky stains by following these tips to reduce the likelihood of staining your teeth: 

  • Schedule an appointment with your dentist. Regular cleanings or teeth whitening procedures can take care of any stains for you. 
  • Brush your teeth with baking soda. For a DIY (Do It Yourself) option, consider the home remedy of brushing your teeth twice a month with baking soda. It can help with whitening your teeth without the added chemicals. 
  • Use whitening toothpaste. American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance whitening products like toothpaste can aid in the reduction of coffee stains. 
  • Get a more powerful toothbrush. For more cleaning power, consider using an electric toothbrush instead of a manual toothbrush to clean off more bacteria along with stains. 
  • Brush your teeth daily. Of course, brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes. Brush, floss and use mouthwash to make your dentist proud!  

PREVENTING COFFEE STAINS

Stop it before stains become visible. Check out these prevention steps to keep your pearly whites while enjoying your brew: 

The Landing Dental Spa provides full-service cosmetic and family dentistry to the Morgantown area. We have a variety of services, including teeth whitening and of course, dental exams and cleanings. 

Our teeth whitening procedure lifts discoloration from your teeth to help them shine bright and white again. We offer two types of methods:

  • Vital – Most common type; in-office procedure where your dentist can use strong whitening gel and a specialized light to allow bleaching to occur quicker. 
  • Non-vital – Procedure is done on a dead tooth that has had a root canal. It is also used to treat intrinsic staining on teeth. 

Do you have staining on your teeth? You can also come in for a dental exam and cleaning with us. Dental exams are vital to your preventive dental care and overall oral health.

 

At The Landing Dental Spa, it is our goal to help you feel comfortable during your visit. We offer complimentary amenities from heated massage chairs, soothing spa music to warm blankets and more! At your dental exam, you can expect your dentist to perform the following:

  • Examine your teeth for cavities and gum disease
  • Teeth cleanings
  • X-rays 
  • Examine your face, neck and mouth for any potential oral health risks
  • Discussion on how to brush and floss properly
  • Cosmetic improvements to your teeth  
  • And, of course, remove yellowing and stains from drinking coffee! 

Schedule your appointment with one of our doctors today, and give us a call: 304-594-2200.

Rachael Adams

Office Manager

A native of Fairmont, West Virginia, Rachael Adams has eight years of experience in the dental industry. As Office Manager, Rachael assists with billing and insurance, and takes pride in making a difference in people’s lives on a daily basis. Rachael also takes pleasure in her work environment and spending time with her work family.

In her spare time, Rachael enjoys boating and shopping.

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Miranda Quinn

Dental Hygienist

A 2007 graduate of the West Virginia University School of Dentistry, this West Virginia native has been a part of The Landing Dental Spa family since its inception in 2011. As a Dental Hygienist, Miranda performs dental cleanings and x-rays, and helps consult patients on proper dental hygiene.

Miranda most enjoys the office’s up-to-date equipment and the laid-back staff she works with on a daily basis. Outside of work, she likes shopping, WVU sports, and spending time with her husband, Jason, and son, Ashton.

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Tiffany Miller

Clinical Coordinator

A Morgantown, West Virginia native, Tiffany Miller is a Clinical Coordinator at The Landing Dental Spa. Prior to joining the team at TLDS, Tiffany earned a degree in Child Development and Family Studies from West Virginia University.

As Clinical Coordinator, Tiffany schedules patients, handles payments, collects data and makes sure everything is running smoothly at the office. Tiffany genuinely enjoys the work environment at TLDS, and loves those she works with. In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys shopping and spending time with her daughter, Addisyn.

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Kim Varda

Dental Hygienist

Originally from Spencer, West Virginia, Kimberly Varda has been a Dental Hygienist at The Landing Dental Spa since 2012. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene form WVU, after which she spent two years gaining experience at several dental practices throughout West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

As a Dental Hygienist, Kimberly performs cleanings, takes x-rays, places sealants, and provides fluoride treatments and oral hygiene instruction. Kimberly most enjoys the family atmosphere at The Landing Dental Spa, and takes pride in her relationships with the office’s valued clients. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping and hiking.

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Brittnee Mathess

Dental Assistant

A Morgantown, West Virginia native, Brittnee Mathess is a Dental Assistant at The Landing Dental Spa. As part of her job, she assists dentist during patient procedures and treatments, takes x-rays, sterilizes instruments, sets up rooms for treatment, and stocks the rooms with dental supplies.

Brittnee enjoys making patients feel comfortable and relaxed, and loves working with children who come in for treatment. In her spare time, she enjoys boating, spending time with family, and being with her boyfriend, Shane.

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