Is your Morning Coffee giving you Something to Smile About?
Do you Start your Day with a Cup of Coffee?While coffee may be great for keeping you awake and getting you going for the day, it is detrimental to the look of your teeth. Both Coffee and Tea contain chemical compounds called Tannins. Tannins are naturally occurring organic substances known as polyphenols and are also present in wine, beer, fruit juices, berries, pomegranates, nuts, smoked foods, legumes, some herbs, and spices. When the Tannins in wine, tea and coffee precipitate thin layers of these tannin-protein complexes on the surface of the teeth’s enamel, they cause the teeth to go yellow. This is why someone who drinks a lot of Coffee, tea or red wine often has noticeably yellow teeth.
Understanding what Tannin and do to your TeethThe teeth's enamel serves as the teeth's first line of defence. But it can only take so much abuse and will show signs whenever it experiences challenges.
The enamel is naturally porous and can absorb substances like sugar, bacteria and tannins. This is why it shows when you have eaten food with high amounts of tannins or heavy pigments or because they stick to the small cracks and ridges of the enamel. If you indulge regularly this may cause permanent teeth discolouration.
While it is difficult to completely avoid food and drinks with tannins, since tannins are great antioxidants, there are ways to alleviate their effects and reduce the risk of permanent teeth discolouration.
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Brushing or rinsing your teeth removes more coffee residue, giving it less time to impact your teeth. This stops the acidic coffee from sitting on your teeth and causing harm. If your teeth are already stained or damaged as a result of your love of coffee, we can help you with our Advanced Teeth Whitening System to ensure you are always proud of your Smile