How to prevent tea from staining my teeth
Due to its high tannin content, tea can stain teeth. Coffee, tea, red wine, acidic juices, highly-pigmented foods and even medications can take a toll on the brightness of teeth. Notice if the color of your teeth is changing and take care to keep staining to a minimum.
As much as we love tea for a variety of very individual reasons, tea may stain teeth. Our teeth’s surface is covered with fine ridges. When we drink dark-colored beverages it settles between these ridges causing teeth to appear stained. Consistently brushing three times a day is good; raise the bar and brush immediately after you drink a cup of tea is even better. Drinking water after a cup of tea can help reduce the amount of tannin left in your mouth as well.
Teas that brew a lighter infusion may have less of an effect on the color of your teeth. White teas and lighter green teas may not cause any staining. Likewise, if you add milk or cream to your black tea, making the brew lighter, it may have less of an effect on your teeth.
Take a few simple precautions and your teeth should remain stain free and healthy.
Tips to prevent tea from staining your teeth
- Take a sip or two of water after a cup of tea to lessen the staining effects
- Buy a quality toothbrush and replace it every two monthsBrush three to four times a day
- Brush and floss regularly (scrub gently – overly aggressive brushing can expose the deeper-hued dentin)
- Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash (antibacterial is key as it will reduce stain-catching plaque)
- Use a whitening toothpaste
- Switch to an electric toothbrush
- Get your teeth professionally cleaned
- Don’t use tobacco
- Brush your teeth with baking soda (use consistently for at least three weeks)
- Try brushing your teeth with activated charcoal (Charcoal is known for its absorbent properties)