Protect Your Teeth, Avoid Caffeine

13th October 2014

If you’re thinking of giving something up this January, consider talking to your choice of the dentists Manchester has available to discuss the benefits of not drinking coffee.

According to London-based dentist Dr Sameer Patel, talking to the Daily Mail, coffee serves to dehydrate your mouth, which can cause bad breath since there’s less saliva available to rinse it out and fight bacteria.

Milky coffee can actually make the situation worse, since the lack of saliva allows the milk to ferment and give off bad odours, he went on to note.

Coffee-stained teeth can also be more resistant to brushing and could also be a lot more likely to suffer further discolouration after going for teeth whitening, so if you’re thinking of visiting the dentist for such a treatment it might be worth giving up coffee first.

Other produce that can be bad for your teeth includes citrus fruit. While they may be an excellent source of vitamin C, the acid levels in food such as grapefruit and lemon juice can erode the enamel of your teeth over time.

Everyone knows that sweets can be particularly damaging, but the stickier the sweet the worse they can be for your teeth. Certain types will stick to your teeth for longer, allowing the bacteria to take serious affect.

The best way to protect your teeth is to avoid those foods that can cause real damage, but if you find them too hard to give up for the new year, make sure that you brush your teeth well twice a day and floss at least once a day.