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Dr. Na Xu
Healthy Smiles Family Dental

2601 25th St., Suite 400
Salem, OR 97302

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Give Up Your Coffee Smile for Good

Posted on 3/13/2016 by Na Xu
A hot cup of coffee.Do you love your morning cup of coffee but hate what it does to your smile? Like other dark-colored liquids, coffee is a major problem when it comes to staining your teeth.

The pigments in coffee can become embedded in the ridges and cracks of your teeth, and if you don't take proper care, this can result in yellowing that may be permanent.

If you are looking to get rid of that coffee smile for good, try out the following tips.

Give Up Beverages that Might Stain Your Teeth

The easiest way to prevent coffee from staining your teeth is to give it up completely. Switch to water instead, and you can enjoy a healthier mouth and possibly even lower weight, as you'll be consuming fewer calories.

Don't Believe that Coffee with Cream is a Good Alternative

Some people are under the impression that by adding milk or cream to their coffee in order to make it a lighter color, they won't be as susceptible to staining. This simply isn't true, as the same acids and pigments are present regardless of whether you drink your coffee black or with creamer.

Don't Sip on Your Coffee All Day

Rather than nursing a cup of coffee all day, try and drink it at specific times. Once you finish, you can then rinse out your mouth or brush your teeth in order to prevent the potential for staining and damage.

Use a Whitening Paste

Using a whitening toothpaste can also help with your staining. These toothpaste varieties can help to break up current stains that are already on your teeth, and they can also help to prevent future stains.

In addition to these tips, be sure to contact our dentist today. Regular cleanings can help to remove stains and keep your teeth healthy, leaving you with a whiter smile.

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