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For most people, the idea of living without caffeine is simply not feasible. One need only look at the rise of Starbucks as one of the world’s most valuable brands to realize just how important our morning latte is to us. It’s also not news that coffee stains teeth yellow. Green tea: grey.

There’s the added trouble that most people add sugar to their coffee and tea drinks, and we’ve already covered the drawbacks of those. Also there’s the acidity of coffee, which can cause enamel erosion.

All that said, there have been many studies pointing to the health benefits of coffee, including protection against type 2 diabetes and  Parkinson’s Disease, liver cancer, liver disease as well as promoting a healthy heart. Coffee is also the number one source of antioxidants in the U.S.

Green Tea is also loaded with antioxidants, and it can help keep blood sugar stable, and improve brain function and blood flow.

My recommendation is drink your coffee or green tea through a vented lid (like those that have been made so popular at Starbucks) to insure the liquid gets well past your teeth and into your throat. This will keep staining and erosion to a minimum, while still allowing you your morning ritual! In addition rinsing your mouth with a Non Hydrogen Peroxide/ Baking Soda Whitening Mouthwash 30 minutes after you drink tea or coffee will help a great deal.

Beverly Hills Cosmetic Dentist Kourosh Maddahi

International Best Selling Author of The Hidden Epidemics

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