How Caffeine Affects Your Oral and Overall Health

Caffeine is a stimulant that physically or mentally boosts your body for a few hours. To celebrate Caffeine Awareness Month, let’s discuss how this energizer affects your overall health.

Caffeinated Drinks Affect Your Teeth

Caffeine is commonly found in coffee, tea, soda, and energy drinks. All of these dark-colored beverages have the potential to stain your teeth. Additionally, soda and energy drinks are often very acidic and can erode your tooth enamel. Furthermore, coffee and soda may dehydrate your mouth and lead to bad breath, while soda and energy drinks often contain sugars that can decay your teeth. Tea, however, has some tooth-friendly benefits. Tea contains antioxidants that can prevent bacteria from sticking to your tooth and increase your ability to fight infections.

To avoid stains, erosion, decay, and other tooth damage, drink your caffeinated beverages with mealtimes and through a straw. You should also visit Dr. Young to restore your oral problems with whitening, fillings, crowns, and other cosmetic treatments.

Caffeine Pumps Up Your Body

If you’re pulling an all-nighter, you may rely on caffeine to stay awake. The properties in caffeine raise your heart rate and wake up your brain, making it difficult to fall asleep. Although it can be beneficial in some circumstances, too much caffeine has consequences on your body health. Caffeine makes you feel jittery. It can be difficult to sit still and focus. Studies show that excessive caffeine can also contribute to bone loss and muscle aches. Additionally, some researchers believe that caffeine is a diuretic, which could lead to dehydration.

To keep your body pumped up and healthy, try eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of rest, and keep your mouth clean. To make sure caffeine is not affecting your smile, contact Dr. Young at our family dentist office in Lafayette. Call (337) 237-6453 to schedule an appointment.