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How Do You Take Your Coffee?

Are you a coffee lover? Maybe you take it iced with extra cream and sugar for a refreshing morning beverage, or maybe you just like it black. There are a million different types of coffee drinkers in the world, but they’re all coffee lovers. But how do you know what is too much? You probably only need a certain amount of caffeine in the day, but coffee also affects our oral hygiene, specifically our teeth and our breath. Too much coffee can stain teeth over long periods of time, and everyone knows that one person with “coffee breath.” We’re going to take a look at what is the appropriate amount of coffee to drink during the day.

What Type of Person Are You?

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When it comes to caffeine, everyone is different. What might be right for some can be very wrong for others, and vice versa. Moderate coffee consumption at this point is not connected to any health problems. Moderate coffee consumption is considered three cups per day. However, this doesn’t mean that everyone can drink three cups per day.

The important part is listening to yourself and your body. At the end of the day, only your body knows what’s good for it. Some people can drink three cups of coffee and feel great, while others can drink only one and feel anxious and sick. The only way to truly know is to test it out yourself and take note of how your body and mind feel.

What’s Your Current Health?

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The recommended daily coffee amount is only for healthy individuals. This means that if you have any chronic conditions or heart disease, these stats don’t apply to you. Someone who is not healthy may not be able to have three cups of coffee per day. As such, people with anxiety disorders might do better with eliminating coffee completely. The caffeine in coffee can actually increase anxiety in an already anxious individual.

If you have any medical conditions whatsoever, physical or mental, you should talk to your doctor about your appropriate level of coffee consumption.

Keeping Coffee Off Your Teeth

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Coffee is one of the drinks most likely to stain your teeth. Other than brushing twice a day and flossing daily, one thing you can do is chew some sugar free gum after you drink your coffee. Sugar-free gum can help to remove liquids and plaque from your teeth after consumption, and can also help manage your breath.

If you’re a regular coffee drinker, remember to always keep your hygiene routine optimal. If you can, brush twice a day using an AutoBrush electric toothbrush, and floss daily as well.
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