How to Prevent Coffee & Tea Stains on Your Teeth

coffeeIf you drink a lot of coffee and tea, you may have the yellow teeth to show for it.

This is going to sound ridiculously silly to some of you, but it it does prevent this problem.

The best way to keep coffee and tea from staining your teeth is to use…

Wait for it…

A straw!

Yes, your family, friends and colleagues will look at you crazy, but it’s extremely effective.

Use Milk or Cream

Adding milk or cream to your coffee or tea will lighten the color and lessen the chance of staining your teeth.

Why Not Just Use Toothpaste?

Of course, you can always use a whitening toothpaste and that may be adequate if you are a casual coffee or tea drinker.  But even in this case, your teeth could still yellow and stain over time.

However, if you’re one of those people who drinks 3-4 cups per day then that may not be enough.

So you might as well prevent the problem altogether by minimizing the contact coffee and tea will have with your teeth.

woman brushing her teethDon’t Brush Immediately After a Meal or Drink

Did you know that brushing immediately after certain foods and drinks can actually do more harm than good?

That’s because foods that contain acid (diet soda’s, sugary foods, etc.) can be brushed right into the dentin on your teeth and cause erosion.  (The dentin is the layer of your teeth right below your enamel.)

So if you add a lot of sugar into your coffee or tea and you brush immediately after, that is not the best routine for your teeth.

Of course, if you use a straw then that will prevent a lot of the sugar from impacting the teeth, but I have a feeling some of you are going to ignore that tip (yes, I know… it looks silly) so make sure you at least pay attention to this advice about the brushing.

Dentists say the best thing to do is either chew gum or swish some water in your mouth after you eat or drink something acidic.  Then wait at least 30 minutes to an hour before brushing.

Consider Using Whitening Strips

Kroger Whitening StripsI only drink about 3-4 cups of coffee per week and consume tea occasionally.  So I don’t have big staining problems, but my teeth do get dull over time.

In addition to brushing regularly with my Philips Sonicare toothbrush, I also use a white strip application from time to time.

These products are safe as long as you use them as directed.

I rarely use the strips more than once per year and I make sure to follow the instructions.  It’s also a good idea to run your routine by your dentist if you are unsure.

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