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Should I Brush My Teeth Before or After Drinking Coffee?

June 30, 2023 8:09 am

Some surveys estimate that about 74% of Americans drink coffee every day. It’s a beloved beverage due to its energy-boosting caffeine and unique flavors. But coffee, like any dark beverage, can stain your tooth enamel.

Brushing your teeth before drinking your coffee removes bacteria that have accumulated overnight in your mouth. If you drink coffee with plaque still on your teeth, the dark pigments in the liquid can stick to the plaque and stain your teeth brown. After brushing, it’s best to wait at least a half hour before eating anything or drinking coffee. This gives your teeth time to absorb the fluoride from your toothpaste.

Coffee is a naturally acidic beverage, which means it can weaken your tooth enamel. If you brush your teeth right after drinking coffee, you can wear down your tooth enamel and increase your cavity risk. After drinking coffee, rinse your mouth well with water and wait about 30-60 minutes before brushing your teeth.

If you wear Invisalign, you should always remember to remove your clear aligners before drinking coffee or anything other than water. Otherwise, the particles could stain your aligners, cause warping, weaken your tooth enamel, and lead to gum irritation.

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Although drinking coffee may be an important part of your day, proper oral hygiene should be too! Maintain daily dental care at home and routine visits to our office in Petaluma, CA. Dr. Serrano and our team offer preventive dentistry, restorative dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment! We look forward to caring for your smile.

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