Considering Another Cup This Morning? Think Again - How Too Much Coffee Affects Your Smile

Posted on: 19 October 2017

A cup of coffee each morning is most likely a ritual to get you going each day. However, some mornings you may feel the need to drink multiple cups for that extra boost of caffeine. On average, Americans drink 3 cups of coffee per day, but you may need to reconsider the additional cups if you care about your oral health. If you are drinking too much coffee, you may experience the following issues with your smile:


Coffee beans contain dark pigments that can quickly stain your teeth. Brushing your teeth after each cup is probably not realistic, so cutting back on your consumption is best if you prefer white, bright teeth.

Enamel Damage

The main component of coffee, caffeine, is why you drink this beverage each day. Unfortunately, caffeine is also the main killer of your oral health.

The acidic properties found in caffeine earth through your tooth enamel. Known as erosion, this damage to the enamel will increase the risk of severe staining that is difficult to remove. In addition, damaged erosion reduces the protective nature of the enamel, which increases the risk of cavities, decay, and tooth loss.

Gum Disease

Even though you are consuming a beverage, coffee affects your mouth's ability to secrete saliva. This creates a dry environment that is appealing for bacteria growth.

Over time, bacteria in the mouth can spread, resulting in infections of the tooth roots and gum tissue. Without diagnosis and treatment, the buildup of plaque and bacteria will cause you to develop gum disease.

Gum disease is actually a painful condition that can lead to tooth loss, so it is important to consult your dentist if you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Swollen, red gum tissue
  • Bleeding gums
  • Receding gums
  • Black spots on teeth and gum tissue
  • Pain in the mouth
  • Loose teeth

Foul Breath

Foul breath is common every once in a while, especially after eating certain foods. While not a serious dental issue, bad breath is also common with people who drink multiple cups of coffee each day.

Since the caffeine in coffee dries the mouth, there will be less saliva to rinse away food particles and bacteria. Without enough saliva, food particles will not break down inside the mouth. This leads to bad breath.

You may think you need that second or third cup of coffee in the morning, but understanding the effects this favorite beverage has on your smile will make you reconsider. To learn more about these dental issues, contact your cosmetic dentistry office today!