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We all love (well, most of us!) that morning cup of coffee. Some of us have it black, and some of us have it with milk or cream and sugar. Well, it turns out, the effect of coffee on our teeth is primarily related to the way we drink our coffee. So, how can coffee affect our teeth?
Staining Our Teeth?
Yes! Staining occurs from the pigment in the foods and drinks we consume. Coffee, on its own, has a very dark pigment and therefore contributes mainly to staining on tooth surfaces. If you add milk or cream to your coffee, the pigment is not as dark, but it can still contribute to staining. Getting stained teeth from coffee has to do with your genetics, saliva and the type of bacteria in your mouth.
Yes! Because coffee has an acidic PH level, it can contribute to tooth erosion. It is possible that over time, tooth erosion can occur. Also, coffee has a diuretic effect, meaning it contributes to fluid loss, which can cause a dry mouth. Have a glass of water right after your coffee, to rinse out the coffee from your mouth as well as replenish fluid.
Halitosis? (Bad breath)
Yes! Coffee consumption can lead to bad breath because it gets trapped in the rough surface of the tongue and because it dries out your mouth.
Cavities or Tooth Decay?
It depends. Coffee on its own is not a precursor for cavities, but when milk/cream/sugar is added to coffee, the sugars can lead to cavities. Frequency and exposure time are more of a risk factor than quantity, so the slower you drink your coffee, the more of a risk for cavities.
As always, make sure you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once. See your dental hygienist regularly for cleanings and your dentist for check-up exams. In addition, drink a glass of water after you have your coffee, to rinse the coffee/sugar from your mouth. Also, consider reducing the amount of sugar you put in your coffee. Even milk and cream have natural sugars that can lead to cavities.
A night guard is a slightly flexible tray made of pliable plastic that fits either on the top or bottom jaw, over your teeth. The purpose of a night guard is to protect the teeth and jaws from wear due to habits such as grinding and clenching while sleeping. Grinding is when the top and bottom teeth rub together. Clenching is when force is applied from the jaws to press the teeth together, like a firm bite. Both habits can be subconscious and are a form of a sleep motion disorder.
How Does a Night Guard Help?
The night guard, if worn correctly and consistently, prevents wear on the biting surfaces of the teeth from tooth on tooth contact at night. The guard absorbs the forces from the jaws and acts as a cushion. While wearing a night guard, the force of the jaw is evenly distributed throughout the jaw and teeth. There are several different types of night guards to choose from, depending on your needs and what will work best for you. Some are thin or thick, some can be worn on the top teeth or the bottom teeth. It is important to talk with your dentist about what type of night guard will work best for you.
- Try to wear your night guard every night. It can only protect your teeth if you are wearing it
- It can be a difficult adjustment to start wearing a night guard. Give it a couple of weeks, and you will start feeling comfortable with it
- Inspect your night guard periodically for chips and cracks. If there are any, the night guard may need to be replaced as it might not be working as efficiently
- Clean your night guard every day with a separate toothbrush and some warm water. Never use hot water on your night guard as it may warp the plastic
- You night guard should fit snug on your teeth. If it feels loose or too tight/uncomfortable, it may need to be adjusted
If you believe you may be clenching or grinding your teeth and would benefit from a night guard, or have any questions about night guards. We encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.
What Is Pregnancy Gingivitis?
During pregnancy, there is a change in the hormones (generally from an increase in estrogen,) which can cause the gum tissues to be more inflamed and tender. This is a common symptom of pregnancy and is called pregnancy gingivitis. Often pregnancy gingivitis will occur in the first or second trimester but can occur at any point during pregnancy and even into nursing. Some women experience pregnancy gingivitis, and some women do not. The symptoms of pregnancy gingivitis can be managed with regular and proper oral care. Pregnancy gingivitis will go away after birth and nursing or when hormone levels return to normal.
Signs and Symptoms
- Red, puffy, inflamed gum tissue around the teeth
- Gums that are more susceptible to bleeding when brushing and flossing
- Gums that are more tender or sensitive to brushing and flossing
- More bleeding and inflammation than usual in response to a small amount of plaque
- Gum tumours, which are growths of gum tissue usually localized between teeth
- Bad breath may or may not be present
- In severe cases, there is a breakdown of gum and bone support, leading to gum disease and even loose teeth, but this is rare
Prevention Of Pregnancy Gingivits
It is essential to maintain proper brushing and flossing habits during pregnancy. Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and to floss at least once a day, even if there is some bleeding and it is more tender than usual. Use a CDA approved mouthwash to reduce the total number of oral bacteria. Make sure you are eating a balanced diet that is rich in nutrients and vitamins. It may also be recommended to see your dentist and dental hygienist more frequently for dental cleanings and checkups, depending on the symptoms.