We’ve all seen the movie about the cheeky British spy with bad teeth. Sure he’s hilarious but if your teeth looked like that it would be no laughing matter. And if they did you could just get them whitened right?
For coffee lover’s, teeth whitening is a cosmetic solution, but it’s own set of problems if overdone. Frequent tooth whitening can cause issues ranging from tooth sensitivity and discoloration, leaving teeth looking grey or bluish in color, to actual tissue damage, which can require more drastic dental procedures to include root canals.
Here’s more info on some of the problems of over-bleaching teeth:
Tooth whitening aside, there is a dark side to coffee too due to high levels of acids which can lead to acid wear, which can be a serious dental problem that goes far beyond cosmetics.
But what’s a coffee lover to do? Because every cup of coffee contains a substance called tannic acid, also found in tea and other beverages, which can stain or damage tooth enamel if consumed frequently. Tannic acid is found in both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee and tea. Over time, the tannic acid can get in the grooves of the teeth, or around fillings, leaving people with what dentists call “cappuccino teeth.”
There are a couple of solutions; you can avoid beverages like coffee (what’s the fun in that?), drink coffee through a straw (careful of the really hot stuff or you’ll be making a trip to the doctor, not the dentist), or you can drink coffee that’s low in tannic acid and smile friendly.
Cold brew coffee naturally contains far lower levels of tannic acid that drip coffee since no heat is used in cold brewing, the high levels of acid stay very low. We know this because we actually had coffee brewed using our cold brew infusion method lab tested against coffee brewed using a drip maker. The results showed the cold brew method produced coffee with 58% less tannic acid. Yeah Baby!
By cold brewing your coffee you are getting lower acid coffee naturally, no additives needed, and you can use your favorite coffee instead of having to buy low acid coffee.
Cold brewing creates a delicious, concentrated coffee extract that you can use for hot or iced coffee drinks anytime, all with lower levels of acid. So give cold brewing a try and make a delicious cappuccino instead of having “cappuccino teeth”!