Is your Brain Juice also Stain Juice?


dental care houston tx | Royal Dental Brain Juice. Java. Joe. Coffee has so many names we could never know them all. What we do know is that the need for coffee is very, very real. If you view a yawn as a silent scream for coffee, you know what we mean. No coffee, no workie? We hear you. There is good news for avid coffee drinkers, which is fortunate; because the fact of the matter is, that brain juice really is stain juice.

Let’s Start on the Bright Side
Coffee lets us see the bright side of things, so this is where we will begin. There are several advantages that research has pointed out about coffee. These stem from various compounds in that powerful little bean, as well as the effects that caffeine has on the body. One of the major findings of recent research is that drinking a few cups of coffee each day diminishes the risk of liver conditions, including cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer. The delivery of caffeine also positively affects the body. In particular, one study found that Parkinson’s patients experience improved movement after drinking coffee.

Where there is Light . . .
We cannot know light without darkness, right? So let’s dive in. During the roasting process, much changes in that little green coffee bean. The process that brings out richness in flavor also brings out pigments that can stain teeth, not to mention the tannins that are present in coffee. Additionally, coffee is said to be a pretty acidic beverage. Acidity and enamel don’t play well together, and the wearing down of enamel can exacerbate discoloration.

What to do
There are simple ways to protect your smile, and the health of your teeth, while also preserving your longstanding relationship with coffee. And, no, this does not include drinking through a straw (who would want to do that!).

  • Cream it up. One idea that had circulated for a time was that cream will dilute the tannins in coffee and thus reduce staining. Additional research suggests that what really happens is that tannins attach to the casein protein in dairy, keeping them from enamel.
  • Water it down. More specifically, water down your teeth. After drinking coffee, swish some water around your mouth. No need to brush; that could damage enamel if done too soon.
  • Curb it. We don’t mean to say drink less coffee. Rather, take breaks in between each cup. An hour or more is ideal.

Reduce the effects of your love-affair with coffee. Call Royal Dental for a cleaning or teeth whitening treatment.

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