Are Your Teeth Safe From Coffee Stains?

First things first, put your worries away! We are not about to tell you that your coffee drinking days are over. We know that each shot of caffeine is crucial and we cherish our coffee, too! Here at Shah & Velilla DDS, we want to educate you on what causes coffee stains and what you can do to fight them.

It’s no secret how Novi residents feel about their coffee, and we’re not about to get in the way of that love. However, we will help you keep your smile healthy and beautiful with tips that won’t drastically affect your lifestyle. Dr. Shah & Dr. Velilla and the rest of us at Shah & Velilla DDS are your oral health allies!

So let’s start off with the basics. What makes coffee stain your teeth?

Coffee is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to stained teeth in Novi, and the discoloration can be so bad it mimics cigarette stains. So what’s the secret? What can you do to keep your teeth shiny, but still get your caffeine fix?

Coffee and its Active Ingredient: Caffeine

It is best for your oral health and health of your entire body to keep your coffee consumption to a safe limit. An excess of caffeine, regardless of the source, spells negative effects for your heart and stomach and can lead to serious health problems over time. That being said, we won’t tell you to do anything crazy, like quit drinking coffee.

Guard Your Teeth against Coffee Stains with These Three Tips

1) The simplest and best way to guard your teeth is to rinse with water right after you are done with your coffee. Not only is water the best thing to nourish your body, it will also wash away the caustic chemicals, and the sooner you drink it, the better.

2) Here’s another great tip that probably never crossed your mind – drink your coffee as quickly as possible. The less time your teeth have to soak in coffee’s tannins, the less damage your enamel will suffer.

3) Whiten Your Teeth. Do your teeth currently have stains due to coffee or other offenders? If they do, one of many different types of whitening treatments may be a possibility. As always, it is best to consult Dr. Shah & Dr. Velilla before whitening your teeth and our Novi dental professionals will help you design a treatment plan suited to your needs.

Whitening options come in a variety of forms, whether you choose a professional treatment, or purchase an over-the-counter product (such as strips, gels, or special toothpaste).

Here in our Novi office, it is our mission to do everything in our power to help you keep in all around (not just oral) perfect health. We at Shah & Velilla DDS are here to help you choose the best option to make stains disappear and keep your teeth safe from harm.

Should you find yourself with any questions regarding coffee stains, whitening, or anything else, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with Shah & Velilla DDS today!

Sources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tannic_acid

“I love dentistry – it allows me to combine art and science to help people look and feel better. There are so many options available to restore a patient’s teeth and give them a healthy, long-lasting smile. At our office, we listen to our patients’ goals and desires and find a way to make them a reality. “It makes me feel good that so many people love coming to see me. We always create a welcoming, relaxed environment, an experience people always appreciate. It is not uncommon to hear people say that I make their dental visits enjoyable and they have never had such a good time going to the dentist! “I see only one patient at a time and each is given individual attention and ample time to address all their concerns. Our office is very different, and I welcome everyone to come and discover how enjoyable your dental visits can be.” DDS: University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Ann Arbor, MI
BS: Biology/Chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Alumnus: Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, Nash Institute for Dental Learning, Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Study
Member: American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics, Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, International Congress of Oral Implantology, Michigan Dental Association, Oakland County Dental Society Dr. Shah grew up in a family of physicians and knew from an early age he wanted to go into the medical field. He loves the hands-on, artistic aspects of dentistry, and in his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and two young sons. - Dr. Sanjiv Shah “I’m intrigued by all aspects of dentistry – I love helping my patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles and a lifetime of oral health.” “I feel it is very important to earn my patients’ trust. I encourage them to ask plenty of questions, and I spend a lot of time during the consultation process to make sure they are comfortable with the treatment plan, prior to starting the work.” Dr. Velilla’s parents were both physicians who encouraged him to pursue a career in dentistry. His interest in the field was piqued at age 13, and today he enjoys creating beautiful, healthy smiles and making a difference in people’s lives. In his spare time, he enjoys golf and traveling. - Dr. Morris Velilla

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