Expert Commentary: Dr. Louis R. Kaufman - 03/23/2010

Coffee lovers need to keep smiling. Though there are many health benefits to drinking coffee, our smile is suffering. The enamel that comprises the exterior of are teeth is suffering. Typically we have a glass of orange juice. What does this have to do with coffee you ask? Orange juice is acidic and will cause the enamel structure to become slightly permeable. Like a sponge.

Now we follow the orange juice with coffee. The dark rich coffee enters the outside surface of the tooth. Not visible after one cup of coffee, continued drinking of coffee will cause staining of the teeth. You don't have to drink orange juice for this to happen. To counter these effects professional tooth whitening is an option done in your dentist's office typically a one hour procedure. A more permanent solution is LUMINEERS a minimally invasive procedure.

Orange Juice has a Ph 0f 3.5. To get it past the teeth try using a straw. Grapefruit a Ph of 3.0-3.Ph

Low Acid Foods          pH of 5.0-7.0    Meat, fish, poultry, dairy

Medium Acid Foods     pH 4.5 - 5.0      Soups, pasta, pimento

Acid Foods                 pH 3.7 - 4.5      Peaches, oranges, tomatoes

High Acid Foods         pH 2.3 - 3.7      Lemons, pickled products

The above chart shows the different levels in various food groups.

A Ph of 7.0 is considered normal.

Coffee typically has a Ph of 3.0-4.0. Making it an acid in of itself.

Enamel becomes decalcified as it is exposed to more acids. Thus making it vulnerable to decay and staining. A new product Sensodyne® ProNamel™ helps decrease the effects of acid erosion. Offering protection to the enamel and also decreasing tooth sensitivity.

LUMINEERS is a porcelain veneer system that can reshape and whiten your smile. It is a minimally invasive procedure. In most cases no anesthetic is required. This procedure can permanently whiten your smile typically and takes 2 visits to the dental office. Patients love this procedure because of its non-invasive nature and the ability to preserve healthy non-sensitive tooth structure. While whitening teeth, patients have the benefit of strengthening teeth that are starting to show fracture lines.  This proceedure allows us to bond these craze lines thus causing a splintering effect. Patients having temperature sensitivity will also feel this decrease once LUMINEERS are applied. They are easy to maintain and keep clean.

Drinking coffee maintains your health, but don't forget to maintain your smile.


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