Coffee is well-known as hazardous to teeth, but there are things you can do besides cut it out completely. Here are some things to know about coffee’s effects on your oral health and diet, as well as how to mitigate them.
Contrary to popular belief, the pigments that give coffee its color can
stain your teeth regardless of whether you take your coffee black or with
cream. These pigments embed themselves in microscopic crevices and pits in your
tooth enamel and are difficult to remove. To counteract this, don’t give the
pigments time to set. When drinking coffee, drink quickly instead of sipping
over a long period. Enjoy, then rinse your mouth with water to help neutralize
the acid. In addition, following your recommended schedule of dental cleanings
can help prevent stains. Whitening can improve the color of your teeth if mild
staining has started. Ask our doctor how best to keep your smile bright.
Coffee can have minor benefits for your nutrition, but there are also
things to beware. Drinks that are high in dairy fat or sugar can add
substantial calories, as well as contributing to the chance of tooth decay. Try
making your own coffee at home, where you can control the ingredients used.
Minimize your use of creamer and sugar, or try using non-fat or sugar-free
Coffee can still be a healthy party of your life if you take some care to protect your teeth. For more tips or to schedule a professional cleaning, contact our office.
Most serious oral health issues can be prevented by maintaining an effective routine of dental hygiene and in-office care. However, you could be at higher risk for some oral illnesses due to hereditary factors. Awareness and proper treatment can help minimize these risks. Here are a few of the most common oral health concerns that are affected by genetics.
Tooth decay – One of the most common oral issues, some tooth decay has been linked
to a genetic deficiency of a protein called DEFB1. If your parents experienced
an unusually high rate of tooth decay, then you may want to be more vigilant
regarding your own dental care.
Oral cancer – Certain genetic factors can increase your risk of developing oral
cancer. Our doctor recommends annual oral cancer screening for early
identification and treatment. In addition, certain lifestyle choices, such as
quitting smoking and limiting alcohol consumption, can help reduce your risk of
Periodontal disease – Recent research has found that some forms of gum disease may be
linked to mutations in genes that affect immunity and inflammatory response.
Misaligned or supernumerary (extra)
teeth – Genetics can play a role in having misaligned
or even extra teeth. The size of your jaw is determined mostly through heredity,
and is the most common reason for an overbite, underbite, or dental crowding.
Canker sores – In most cases, canker sores are an isolated reaction to fatigue,
stress, or menstrual cycles. However, there are certain inherited diseases that
count canker sores among their symptoms. Crohn’s disease and Celiac sprue are
two such conditions.
While you may not be able to avoid hereditary oral health issues entirely, we can help minimize or even reverse their effects with proper treatment and care. If you suffer from any of these inherited conditions, contact our office for an oral health evaluation. We can help.