The Effects of Hot Drinks on Your Dental Health
As the weather gets colder we want to feel warmer. That means bundling up to go outside, turning up the thermostat in the house, and relaxing with some nice hot beverages. As much as those pumpkin spice lattes inspire comfort and taste delicious warm drinks can create problems with your teeth. Tea, coffee, and hot chocolate can all create issues that vary in severity based on a number of factors such as the amount of sugar…
Coffee and tea are well-known for causing stains to teeth especially over long periods of time. Coffee stains in particular can be resistant to brushing your teeth. Teas can vary in staining ability depending on how rich they are in tannins. Green tea and herbal tea are less likely to have discolouring effects while black tea is more likely.
Coffee by itself has been found to cause little-to-no harm in terms of gum disease. In fact, it’s been suggested that it might actually help protect your teeth due to the antioxidants it contains. Of course, all of that is overridden once sugar has been added to the mix. Because of its stickiness coffee with sugar can be damaging as can tea. Hot chocolate is loaded with sugar as a matter of course so it too can be detrimental.
There are some tips you can use to minimize the damage to your teeth. First off, use a straw whenever possible to bypass your teeth unless you’re drinking plain water. Yes, this is likely more for iced coffees than the hot kind but it remains good advice. Also, you’ll want to drink water after you drink coffee, tea, or hot chocolate as it can help wash away leftover particles that could damage or stain your teeth.
Warm beverages are an autumn tradition and they can still be part of your routine as long as you’re aware of the risks and take proper precautions to mitigate them. Your teeth will thank you. If you have any issues with staining or any other problems with your teeth at all contact us at Pickering Square Dental today.
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