Coffee vs. Teeth Stains on Teeth
For many people, drinking a hot cup of coffee or tea is a daily morning ritual or even an all day ritual.
Overtime coffee and teas can stain your teeth, especially if you consume them on a regular basis or in great quantities.
But which stains more? Well, the answer might surprise you.
Many people assume coffee has more staining power because it’s darker in color than tea. Looks can be deceiving though.
Tea actually stains your teeth the most due to tannins found in tea. Tannins are plant-based compounds that stick to plaque on your teeth, leading to discoloration or yellowing on the teeth.
The 5 Best ways to Remove Coffee and Tea Stains from Teeth?
#1 – Cut back on your coffee or tea intake. This is obvious, if you drink several cups of coffee or tea on a regular basis, consider scaling back.
The more you drink, the more you increase the potential for teeth staining.
#2 – Brush your teeth after drinking coffee and teas. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is a good habit, but brushing right after consuming staining drinks like tea and coffee is even better.
#3 – Don’t sip all day. It’s better for your teeth to drink dark beverages at specific times of the day rather than sipping all day.
Sipping allows acids and tannins to linger on the enamel of your teeth.
#4 – Avoid black teas. Herbal and green teas are good substitutes for black teas, which have more ability to stain teeth.
#5 – Drink a glass of water after drinking coffee and teas. Water can wash away some of the tannins and acids that stick to tooth enamel.
If your teeth stains are more advanced, try over-the-counter whitening products or contact Dr. Marra at Huntersville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry about in-house teeth whitening.