How does your caffeine intake affect your teeth? Here, we outline some key facts to be aware of so that you can make an informed choice about whether caffeine is truly right for you.
- The NHS recommends that you do not exceed 200mg of caffeine a day
A regular cup of coffee will often contain 95mg so sticking within this limit may be harder that you think. Always check the labels!
- Decaf may not mean what you think it does
If a drink is described as ‘decaffeinated’, it has been processed to contain much less caffeine than in its original state. This is not the same as being ‘free from’ caffeine. Yes, you can consume more cups of decaf tea or coffee than regular ones before hitting the NHS limit – but with enough cups, you will still hit that line! Make sure to do the calculations.
- It’s a stimulant
This means that it will stave off feelings of drowsiness and may help us feel awake. However, it may also disrupt sleep and excessive consumption can be dangerous.
- Your teeth are unlikely to thank you for it
Caffeine is invariably linked with tea, coffee and cola – drinks famous for their ability to stain your teeth. The best way of avoiding the telltale yellow or brown stains left by these caffeinated drinks is to avoid these drinks in the first place.
If you want to discuss the effect of caffeine on your teeth, please give us a call on 01603 621613. We offer stain removal and whitening treatments so can work to reverse any unsightly effects left by consumption of caffeinated drinks.