How to Protect Your Teeth from the Staining Tannins of Tea and Coffee
Posted on 12/30/2019 by Jared Anderson, DDS
Tea and coffee are some of the most popular beverages, not only in America, but also over the rest of the world. That's because not only are they refreshing beverages, but they also have each their advantages and nutritional values.
However, one of the most common disadvantages of these drinks is their ability to stain the teeth. Naturally, healthy teeth are often white without any discolorations. After drinking these beverages over a long time, you will notice the change in the shade of the teeth. Tannins cause this discoloration in these beverages. Regardless, all is not lost. Coffee and tea lovers can continue enjoying their favorite drink without worrying about their teeth getting discolored.
Using a Straw
One of the most useful hacks of preventing teeth stains from beverages such as coffee and tea is by using a straw for drinking them. This strategy is helpful because it minimizes the contact between the drink and your teeth. This way, you can enjoy your iced coffee without worrying about your teeth as much.
Brushing your teeth regularly is one of the most essential things tea and coffee lovers should never forget to do. When we brush our teeth daily, we get rid of the tannins that are stuck on the teeth. What's more, we remove plaque, which, if left unattended, can cause further complications later on. If you are a heavy coffee drinker, consider whitening toothpaste to keep your teeth looking great.
Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is a sure way of keeping the teeth stains from tannins away. It's recommended that you either sip some water in between your other coffee sips or make sure that you drink water after your beverage to wash all down and keep your teeth white and healthy.
Our teeth are an excellent asset to all of us. If you love your coffee or tea and would like some more in-depth advice on how to keep your teeth looking great as you drink your favorite beverage, don't hesitate to schedule an anointment with us. We'll take good care of you and answer every question you might have.