Nothing gets you going quite like your morning cup of joe and first cigarette. You feel relaxed and energized at the same time, ready to take on the day. But do you know where this trend originated and, most importantly, what it is doing to your teeth?
A recent study published in the International Journal for Epidemiology found that the more you smoke, the more coffee you are likely to consume. Another study concluded that this popular combination is actually terrible because smokers can’t taste bitter flavors that well.
The reason why having a cigarette and a cup of coffee simultaneously may be more of a cultural phenomenon that began back when factory workers were entitled to a single tiny “tea break” during which they had to cram everything they needed: a cup of tea, a cigarette and a slice of bread was the perfect combination. Here in America the cup of tea was swapped for a cup of coffee but the idea was the same, to get your dopamine up as efficiently as possible.
As delicious as this combination is for you, keep in mind that it is basically a double dose of teeth-staining power. And in order to keep rocking that beautiful, confident smile of yours you must take extra care of your teeth.
Here are a few facts to help your smile look fresh and healthy, while still enjoying one of life’s pleasures: coffee + cigarettes.
Both tobacco and coffee are known to stain your teeth. The darker you drink your coffee, the more prominent the stain on your teeth will be. Coffee leaves behind a brownish stain on your teeth because it contains tannins (organic substances) that build up on your tooth enamel.
Tobacco leaves a yellowish stain that builds up with every puff you take. Although it is easier to remove than the stain left by coffee, it gets worse over time if you don’t take the proper precautions.
First rinse your mouth with water to reduce the amount of coffee on your teeth. Wait a few minutes (15-30) and thoroughly brush your teeth to remove what is left of the stains. Afterwards you can use an anti-stain mouthwash specially formulated to remove these kinds of stains.
We recommend that you get a professional dental cleaning at least twice a year and a teeth whitening session at least once a year so they can remove the most stubborn stains.
Remember that smoking wreaks havoc on your teeth. It makes you more prone to getting cavities, losing your teeth, sensitive teeth, mouth sores, and gum disease. And smokeless tobacco is even worse for your smile. This means that as a smoker you must go the extra mile and take excellent care of your teeth. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss every day, and use a good mouthwash.
To establish this good dental hygiene habit your best bet is to always carry a toothbrush around with you, wherever you go. Better yet, leave your bulky dental cleaning kit at home and grab a few of our portable disposable toothbrushes to always take care of your teeth.
The best thing you can do for your teeth and overall health is to quit smoking, if you won’t quit then make sure your smile is always sparkling. There is no greater buzzkill than bad breath and bad teeth.