Order a Teeth Friendly Coffee Instead
Ahhh coffee, how would your mornings go without it? Early morning wake up call, afternoon energy boost, and something warm in a cup to wrap your hands around while you’re chatting with friends in a cosy café. But coffee has its dark side too. For starters, it’s usually full of sugars that can rot your teeth and cause gum disease. And just to make things worse, the dark liquid can also leave unsightly stains on your teeth and completely ruin your confident smile.
Here at Paramount Dental Sydney, we know how much you like your coffee. Because we love it too. And that’s why we’re sharing our top tips on how to drink coffee and protect your smile at the same time.
1. Practice Good Oral Hygiene
If you simply must drink coffee, and there are a lot of people in that category, you need to practice good oral hygiene afterwards. Rinse your mouth with water straight after finishing your coffee and brush your teeth as soon as you can. If you can’t manage to brush your teeth, keep some mouthwash in your bag or desk and give it a swish. This will have the added benefit of getting rid of coffee breath too!
2. Have a Small Coffee Treat
f you drink coffee that’s full of syrup and sugar then you know it’s a treat, right? You shouldn’t be drinking it out of a cup the size of your forearm. After all, if you wanted a chocolate treat you wouldn’t eat an entire block during your lunch break, would you? Choose a small size and you can enjoy the taste of coffee without any of the guilt. This will also help you to keep off that extra weight too.
3. Use a Straw
If you’re drinking a cold coffee drink, make sure you always use a straw. This will protect your teeth from direct contact with the coffee and prevent stains and sugar damage.
4. Drink Just Coffee
You love coffee, right? You love coffee with hazelnut swirls, whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles and an extra dollop of chocolate syrup. Except that isn’t coffee anymore, you might as well drink a regular coffee using a chocolate bar as a straw.
Quite often, it isn’t the coffee itself that causes the problems with your teeth, it’s everything you put in it. And this goes for the flavoured syrup as well, which has about 5 grams of sugar in each pump. So try to cut down on the extras and don’t let your barista put five shots of syrup in your drink when one or two is usually enough. And if you’re using all the extras to cover the actual coffee taste it might be time to find another drink, one that you actually like.
5. Visit Your Dentist Regularly
No matter how careful you are with your oral hygiene, your teeth will still get stains and damage as a result of normal wear and tear. But making regular visits to your friendly dentist for a check-up and clean will help keep your mouth in the best state possible.
Paramount Dental Sydney Says
If you want to keep drinking coffee but are concerned about how your smile looks, make an appointment with us here at Paramount Dental Sydney. Our caring and expert staff can help you keep your pearly whites and your morning coffee too.