When tea stains your teeth

1 06 2009

 

Unfortunately tea does stain your teeth, especially if you drink it on a regular basis, but it is simply too good to give up only because of that. Tea contains tannic acid, which can create small pores in the enamel of your teeth. The pigment from tea then collects in these pores causing deep stains in the enamel. White teeth are healthier, look better and they are a key element of good self-presentation. If you are concerned about discoloration, there is a number of things you can do to slow down and minimalize the process of your teeth becoming yellow and deal with the stains if you already have them. Here we go
1. The most obvious should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day, but it’s ideal if you can brush them immediately after drinking tea. You should also floss two times a day (most important in the evenings, that’s when bacteria attacks the enamel most actively), because it prevents the buildup of plaque.
2. You can drink some water after to clear your mouth from any tea remains. Optionally you can chew gum.
3. Try a different type of tea, like white or green. Even herbal teas can stain, but less then for example black tea. Good quality green tea is less likely to stain your teeth then lower grades.
4. If and how milk affects the benefits of antioxidants has not been proven yet, but by adding milk you will dilute the tea and slow down the staining. You should avoid lemon however, because the it’s acidity will weaken your teeth.
5. Heat is an important factor in how fast your teeth become yellow. Drinking cold tea can also slow down the process. Drinking through a straw will further minimalize the contact of tea with teeth. 
6. You can avoid swishing the tea around in your mouth. This is a little extreme, especially when you want to enjoy the flavor and considering that research has shown that tea strengthens the teeth and gums, but it’s also an option.
If your teeth are yellow already
1. There are some home methods for bleaching teeth. The most popular is baking soda – you can dip your toothbrush in water and then in baking soda and you brush like usual, making sure the baking soda reaches all the small spaces between the teeth as well. Other sugesstions are strawberries or orange peel, which can be rubbed directly on the teeth or you can make a paste and brush them on. 
2. You can buy chemical home bleaching kits, which work well when you use them every now and then. Usually you keep the chemicals on your teeth overnight, but the will make your teeth and gums more sensitive during the treatment.
3. You should get your teeth cleaned at the dentist about once every half a year. There are also a number of methods the dentist offers to whiten your teeth professionally – some are using laser or sanding.

Unfortunately tea does stain your teeth, especially if you drink it on a regular basis, but it is simply too good to give up only because of that. Tea contains tannic acid, which can create small pores in the enamel of your teeth. The pigment from tea then collects in these pores causing deep stains in the enamel. White teeth are healthier, look better and they are a key element of good self-presentation. If you are concerned about discoloration, there is a number of things you can do to slow down and minimalize the process of your teeth becoming yellow and deal with the stains if you already have them. Here we go

  • The most obvious should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day, but it’s ideal if you can brush them immediately after drinking tea. You should also floss two times a day (most important in the evenings, that’s when bacteria attacks the enamel most actively), because it prevents the buildup of plaque.
  • You can drink some water after to clear your mouth from any tea remains. Optionally you can chew gum.
  • Try a different type of tea, like white or green. Even herbal teas can stain, but less then for example black tea. Good quality green tea is less likely to stain your teeth then lower grades.
  • If and how milk affects the benefits of antioxidants has not been proven yet, but by adding milk you will dilute the tea and slow down the staining. You should avoid lemon however, because the it’s acidity will weaken your teeth.
  • Heat is an important factor in how fast your teeth become yellow. Drinking cold tea can also slow down the process. Drinking through a straw will further minimalize the contact of tea with teeth. 
  • You can avoid swishing the tea around in your mouth. This is a little extreme, especially when you want to enjoy the flavor and considering that research has shown that tea strengthens the teeth and gums, but it’s also an option.

 

If your teeth are yellow already

  • There are some home methods for bleaching teeth. The most popular is baking soda – you can dip your toothbrush in water and then in baking soda and you brush like usual, making sure the baking soda reaches all the small spaces between the teeth as well. Other sugesstions are strawberries or orange peel, which can be rubbed directly on the teeth or you can make a paste and brush them on. 
  • You can buy chemical home bleaching kits, which work well when you use them every now and then. Usually you keep the chemicals on your teeth overnight, but the will make your teeth and gums more sensitive during the treatment.
  • You should get your teeth cleaned at the dentist about once every half a year. There are also a number of methods the dentist offers to whiten your teeth professionally – some are using laser or sanding.
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2 responses

11 06 2009
Lainie Petersen

Yup, tea-teeth are the bane of my existence: Red wine has much the same effect!

I like all your tips: Arm & Hammer has a tooth whitener that you can add to your toothpaste (just squeeze it onto your toothbrush), and an electric toothbrush can also help.

28 01 2010
Adrian

Recent studies have shown that brushing should be done at least an hour after eating or drinking. This is because the acid in food softens the enamel. Saliva neutralises the acid and works slowly to remineralise the calcium dissolved by the acid. Brushing immediately will scrape away the softened enamel and does not give the saliva the time to rebuild the enamel.

Over-the-counter whitening toothpastes and bleaching agents are also harmful. The former is very abrasive to teeth and the latter is often very acidic — they essentially remove stains by scraping away and dissolving enamel!

Do brush your teeth but limit it to twice a day in order to reduce abrasive damage. After any meal, rinsing with water or a mouthwash is good enough.
Brushing should be done before breakfast and before bedtime.

Tea is a very good beverage though it causes staining. The staining is cosmetic but if a bright smile is essential to your image, then avoid black tea and coffee and go for a dental cleaning every 6 months. Over-the-counter remedies do more harm than good.

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