Thursday, May 1, 2014

Kiss Off Coffee Teeth Stains

By Cal Orey
Spring has sprung! Coffee can help you slim down, shape up. But wait! What about your teeth? There is no doubt about it, coffee can and will stain your pearly whites. That includes pricey cosmetic surgery,too, and from bonding to teeth whitening. So, what's a coffee lover to do?

Years ago, I spent hundreds of dollars for bonding on a tooth. During this time I was enjoying coffee--the quality stuff--with my neighbors and friends, too. I didn't want to lose the effect of the bonding, not stop my coffee breaks. But coffee can stain teeth and it's acidic, like orange juice and vinegar--which can erode enamel. So, I turned to a couple of tricks that I still put to work these days.

First, I use a straw despite the shape of coffee cup. Next, I'll rinse my mouth with water (if possible) after drinking the dark beverage. And, if at home, sometimes I'll even brush my teeth, especially if the coffee drink is garnished with dark chocolate (which also can stain your teeth). This way, you can have your smile and coffee, too. 

A bonus tip: Low-acid coffee causes less teeth staining. 

Excerpt from The Healing Powers of Coffee (Kensington)


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