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Does Coffee Wear Down The Enamel?

Posted on 11/1/2023 by Dr. David Wanserski
Concerned patient discussing her tooth pain with her dentist while sitting in a dental chair at Wanserski Dental Center for Complex Dentistry.Many people start their mornings by drinking a cup of Joe, but as you spruce up your day every morning with that favorite cup of coffee, you could be doing something bad to your teeth. Although coffee is considered less acidic compared to other beverages, its brewing process tends to release various acids. Therefore, if you are a lover of coffee, know that you wearing down your enamel slowly and slowly. In addition, you will be staining your teeth and they will lose their luster over time.

Coffee Brewing Releases Acids

Most coffee varieties have acids with their average pH value going from 4.85 to 5.10. in addition to the other compounds found in coffee, the process of brewing the beverage releases up to 9 major acids. These acids also contribute to its flavor profile. Among the acids you get from the coffee brewing process are citric, chlorogenic, malic, lactic, and linoleic. You also get palmitic, acetic, quinic, and phosphoric acids. All these acids contribute to enamel erosion in the long run.

Some people drink black coffee but others add cream and sugar. These additional items on your coffee supply plaque with more energy. As such, the plaque or biofilm in your mouth releases additional acids. It is this combination of acid and sugar that makes your coffee bad for your teeth. Although coffee is not as harmful as most sodas in terms of dental health, it does cause harm when taken for a long period and in larger amounts. Further, it stains the teeth.

What to Do?

While it's true that a majority of beverages that you enjoy most are bad for your teeth, you can still minimize their effects on oral health. Consider enjoying your coffee in moderation. Try to swipe your coffee with other beverages like water, milk, green and white tea, and other less acidic and sugar-free beverages or drinks. Using a straw to consume your coffee beverage can also help reduce enamel erosion.

After consuming your acidic beverage or coffee, water it down by drinking a cup of milk, a glass of water, or sugar-free juice. If you happen to lose teeth due to enamel erosion, decay, or some other kind of problem, you can consider dental implants. Our prosthodontist may also fit dental crowns to protect the damaged teeth. Contact us today.

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