As someone who
pretty much very much drinks coffee and tea all day long, I’m always concerned about the fact that these delicious addictions are known to stain teeth. Since giving them up or, let’s face it, even cutting back isn’t an option for me, I’ve been looking for solutions.
I’ve come across a lot of fantastic advice. Advice that I raise my mug of green tea to and advice that I’m anxious to share with my fellow tea lovers.
Did you know that between coffee and tea, tea actually poses more of a teeth-staining problem? That shocked me, but apparently it’s the yummy tea leaves that are to blame. The substances in tea leaves simply stick to the teeth more than coffee does. That’s an all around bummer, but don’t throw out your tea kettle just yet. Below are simple tips and advice from experts (including cosmetic dentist Dr. Kourosh Maddahi) on ways to prevent your teeth from being stained by tea, coffee, or other culinary culprits for that matter.
- Brush your teeth several times a day with a good toothbrush and quality toothpaste. Once at night doesn’t cut it for those of us who love our caffeinated lovelies.
- When you’re away from your toothbrush, chew gum after enjoying a cup of coffee or tea. Dentyne is an excellent choice. Chew a piece immediately after your drink.
- Speaking of drinking, always drink your iced tea and iced coffee with straws. According to Dr. Maddahi , drinking tea or coffee with an open cup is more staining than when a straw is used.
- Eat lots of teeth-whitening foods such as apples, celery, and strawberries.
- Remember: The incredible health benefits of tea (and coffee) are so powerful that cutting back could be an unhealthy mistake. So load up on whitening gum, apples, celery, and strawberries!