image0201Caffeine in moderation is safe for you to consume, however, large amounts can cause long-term discoloration and damage to your teeth. It’s important you understand the effects of caffeine, so you can limit the amount you consume on a daily basis.

Staining

Drinks that contain caffeine are known to leave behind unflattering, yellow stains on your teeth. Consuming large quantities of coffee, soda and tea will cause yellow discoloration to occur. Drinking through a straw can help reduce this, by avoiding contact with your teeth. A routine visit to your dentist will greatly help diminish any staining that appears on your teeth.

Enamel Damage

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the enamel on your teeth is what keeps them strong and healthy, as it wears off you become more prone to damage and disease. Decreasing the amount of caffeine you take in will prevent cavities and disease. It will also hinder the enamel from thinning and allowing the underlayer to appear, which will in time discolor your teeth and cause sensitivity.

Teeth Clenching

Absorbing caffeine in the hours before bed can cause you to clench your teeth in your sleep. This can create problems in not only your teeth, but also your jaw. Reducing the volume of caffeine you consume throughout the day can decrease your stress levels and relieve teeth clenching.

The color of your teeth can change with age, as enamel thins. Even certain antibiotics can cause discoloration in your teeth. Luckily, there are options for those with badly stained teeth. A short-term solution would be to use an at-home teeth whitening kit or to go to your dentist and have them whiten your teeth. A permanent solution would be porcelain veneers, which would be recommended by your dentist. Overall, the main thing you can do to prevent your teeth from turning yellow is to limit your caffeine intake. By consuming fewer dark-colored beverages, your smile has a much better chance of staying white, bright, and shiny!