Every year you probably see stories in the news and articles online about how this food or that drink is suddenly very bad for you.
Then, months or years later you see a similar story – except now the food and drink is suddenly responsible for protecting you from cancer, the common cold, flu, bad grades, indigestion, and truancy.
The general rule of thumb when it comes to staining your teeth is that if it can stain your clothes, it can stain your teeth. The ingredient in coffee that actually stains your teeth is called tannins – which are a type of substance that gradually break down in water. But don’t forget – they’re not just found in coffee, they’re also found in drinks like tea, wine, and grape juice. The thing about tannins are that they cause many color compounds to more easily bind to substrates – like your teeth. But when they do this, they won’t turn your teeth purple or brown. Instead, they leave behind a somewhat yellow hue.
Did you know that it only takes about a coffee or two a day to cause stained teeth?
Fortunately, there are ways to avoid it – and you don’t even really have to give up your precious morning cup.
You can start by trying to avoid cream and sugar. According to most research these substances can accelerate the rate that bacteria builds up on your teeth – which can provide more ammo for stains to stick around. It also helps if you drink your coffee in one sitting – rather than one long cup that lasts the entire day. Finally – if you’re able to, brushing your teeth can also go a long way to prevent the stains. But if you can’t brush your teeth during the day – even drinking a glass of water can help wash away some of the debris and residue that can contribute to staining.
Have a question about protecting your teeth? Our dentists in Garden Grove can help. For new patient specials and all the help you need for healthier teeth – contact us today.