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Attention coffee enthusiasts!

Did you know that October 1st marks International Coffee Day?

The United Kingdom is known for its love of coffee, with a staggering 98 million cups consumed each day! Coffee is often the fuel that jumpstarts our day, giving us the energy we need to tackle our tasks.

However, as with anything, moderation is key, and excessive coffee consumption can have negative effects on our oral health.

Let's delve into the relationship between oral health and coffee consumption.

One of the most common side effects of excessive coffee intake is "coffee breath." The caffeine in coffee can cause dryness in the mouth, reducing saliva production. This dryness creates an environment where bacteria can thrive, resulting in unpleasant odours.

If you enjoy sweetening your coffee, be aware that sugar can contribute to bad breath as well. The same goes for adding milk or cream, as the proteins they contain are a feeding ground for bacteria.

Furthermore, the tannins present in coffee can lead to unsightly tooth staining. If you notice your teeth becoming yellowish, coffee could be the culprit.

Fortunately, it's not all doom and gloom.

Research indicates that coffee contains chlorogenic acid, which possesses antibacterial properties and may slow down the growth of oral bacteria responsible for oral diseases. In addition, some studies suggest that coffee might have a protective role against certain mouth and throat cancers.

Determining the ideal coffee consumption level is challenging. Nevertheless, a study suggests that consuming between one and five cups per day could be beneficial for your health.

Remember, everything in moderation.

As the saying goes, "everything in moderation." You can still indulge in your favorite caffeinated beverages, such as lattes, americanos, or flat whites, but be sure to maintain good oral hygiene practices. Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and keep your gums clean.

To prevent the common side effects of coffee, consider chewing sugar-free gum between drinks, rinsing your mouth with water, flossing daily, and regularly visiting your dentist. If you believe you're consuming too much coffee, try to limit your intake.

Giving up coffee is easier said than done, but by following a few of these tips, you can still enjoy your beloved beverage. If you have concerns about the impact of your coffee habit on your oral health, consult with your dental team for guidance.

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