Everyone knows coffee stains your teeth (mine have the rich hue of a camel’s whose mother never taught him to brush his teeth) and its acidity erodes tooth enamel. So brushing is important. However, dentists say if you are brushing right after drinking coffee the acids in coffee will weaken the protective enamel on your teeth.

Dr. Christina Meiners, a dentist in San Antonio, Texas, says brushing before drinking coffee removes plaque build-up and gives coffee less of a surface to stain. After drinking coffee rinse with water to get rid of the acids.

Dr. Sonya Krasilnikov, of New York City, says when you brush after drinking coffee, “…you’re brushing more acid onto your teeth, and that can actually cause them to break down faster, cause more sensitivities.”

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