Love coffee? We don’t blame you. There’s just something about brewing a fresh, hot cup in the morning that makes getting out of bed a little easier. But even things we love have their downfalls. Coffee may be great for putting extra pep in your step, but it’s not so nice to your teeth. In this blog we’ll look at how to keep your teeth sparkling white even if you love drinking coffee.
If you drink too much coffee, you’ve likely noticed that your teeth aren’t as bright as they used to be. That’s because coffee is full of tannins, which contributes to the taste and is also responsible for staining teeth. Tannins are also found in other staining drinks including tea and of course red wine. In fact, tannins are sometimes used in dyes for linen and cotton, so it’s no wonder why they’re able to change the colour of your pearly whites.
Want to keep your teeth looking their best and stop coffee, tea and red wine from staining your teeth as much as possible. Here are a few tips for keeping your smile bright while still enjoying your favourite drinks:
Rinse your mouth with water
One of the best ways that you can help to prevent staining is by rinsing your mouth out with water following drinking tea or coffee. This will help to get rid of any leftover tannins on your teeth and help to stop them from staining your teeth. Water will also help to remove any other bacteria and sugar that can build up and cause damage to your teeth.
Use a straw
This may seem odd but sipping your coffee through a straw helps to stop the liquid from touching your teeth and causing staining. It’s common practice when sipping an iced coffee to use a straw, so just adopt this practice when drinking the hot version too. The same applies when drinking red wine, get yourself a reusable metal or bamboo straw and enjoy your favourite glass of wine without the usual tooth staining.
Brush your teeth with a whitening toothpaste
Gently brushing your teeth with a specifically formulated whitening toothpaste will help to remove any surface stains from drinks such as tea, coffee, and wine. While it’s fine to brush your teeth immediately after drinking tea and coffee, for acidic drinks like wine it’s best to wait 30 minutes before brushing in order for the levels of acid to subside.
Practice good oral hygiene
Just because you brush your teeth after drinking tea and coffee doesn’t mean you can forget your daily oral hygiene routine. Brushing and flossing your teeth daily will help to maintain your tooth’s enamel and get rid of any bacteria that can cause plaque to build up.
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