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Good News! Coffee Isn’t Bad For Your Teeth

Many morning time smiles are made after a cup of coffee, but is it bad for your teeth? We are happy to be the bearers of good news and tell you that coffee is not actually bad for your teeth.

Our dental professionals regularly get asked whether coffee intake is related to unhealthy teeth. In short, the answer is no!

A reason why coffee is perceived to be bad for our teeth is because over time, it causes visible staining.

Naturally, we’d ideally like to see our teeth looking white and shiny, so this may contradict the idea of healthy teeth.

Staining doesn’t damage your tooth enamel

Coffee stains do not erode enamel – the tooth’s protective outer layer. Rather, staining occurs because the colour pigments from coffee causes a superficial layer to get stuck on top of your teeth.


Tooth enamel is the substance responsible for preserving teeth by protecting them against decay and tooth sensitivity over the course of our lives.

It is very important that we take care of our teeth, because tooth enamel does not regenerate.

Coffee teeth stains are only cosmetic

Luckily, coffee stains form only a cosmetic layer on our teeth. With regular dental teeth cleans, coffee discolouration on teeth can be easily removed.

At Whitehorse Dental, we encourage regular dental cleans twice a year. Regular cleans will prevent any nasty surprises as well as keeping your teeth white despite the daily doses of caffeine.

3 quick tips to reduce coffee staining:

  • Drinking water after coffee will help to rinse the mouth and prevent staining on your teeth.
  • Add milk. White coffee will not stain your teeth as much as black coffee. The same applies for tea!
  • Don’t brush your teeth immediately after drinking tea or coffee.

Drink water!

Saliva has an important role in keeping our teeth safe by protecting our tooth enamel. While coffee doesn’t directly damage our tooth enamel, it does reduce saliva production.

Simply drinking lots of water will supplement this.

Get your teeth professionally cleaned

Removing coffee related stains from teeth is a simple procedure that can be done by one of our friendly dentists at Whitehorse Dental in Blackburn.

If you’re a coffee drinker interested in giving your teeth their white shiny glow back, feel free to call and book yourself in for an appointment.