A lot of people enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in the morning, and some in the afternoon and evening as well. But over time, your coffee and tea can cause teeth very noticeable stains. Coffee may get you going in the morning, but it won’t make your teeth whiter. Coffee teeth stains occur over time, and these stains can make you self-conscious. But you don’t need to live with coffee stained teeth.
Although tea has many great health benefits, it can also cause stained teeth. But there are many different varieties of tea, and each has its own capacity to stain teeth. The darker the tea color, the more of a chance it will lead to stains.
Coffee and tea stains occur when tannins in both of them build up on tooth enamel. Tannins are organic substances found in plants. Tannins in coffee, tea and even wine can lead to stains on teeth. Black teas and dark coffees are the biggest culprits when it comes to teas. In fact, some black teas can even cause more tooth discoloration than coffee!
You don’t have to stop drinking tea to avoid brown stains on teeth. Adding milk to your tea or drinking with a straw can help as well as rinsing or drinking water after. You can also steep your tea for a little less time to lighten it up a bit. Good oral hygiene can help reduce stained teeth, but that isn’t always enough. You have many options to improve the appearance of coffee stained teeth:
- Dramatic Whitening: Crest 3D White Classic Vivid Whitestrips can help improve coffee stained teeth and provides noticeable whitening results after three days of use.
- Gentle Whitening: If you have teeth sensitive to whitening, Crest 3D White Whitestrips Gentle Routine can help improve the appearance of coffee stained teeth gradually, with only five minutes a day of use.
- Ongoing Whitening: Crest 3D White Whitestrips Stain Shield is designed to remove stains caused by food, beverages, and tobacco, and to help prevent a recurrence of coffee stained teeth.
Keep a toothbrush and toothpaste at work for use after you have had your morning coffee. Crest® 3D White Brilliance contains micro-cleansing teeth whiteners that actually polish away surface stains caused by the tannins in tea and adds luster and shine after just one use. Try adding Crest® 3D White Luxe Diamond Strong Mouthwash to help remove stains, strengthen enamel, and also kill bad breath germs. Even rinsing your mouth with water after drinking coffee can help maintain your whiter, brighter teeth.
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