We can agree, coffee is an essential part of your morning. But what to do about your pearly whites? Read 8 Ways To Prevent Coffee Stains On Your Teeth!
We can’t stop staining from happening. It is one of the side effects of enjoying coffee on a regular basis. Your teeth will eventually begin to turn yellow (1). Yuck! Talk about a turn off.
Another potential problem arises because coffee causes bad bacteria to proliferate in your mouth and make them weaker. But do you have to stop drinking your favorite beverage? No! Instead try to prevent the staining.
1. Add A Creamer? Maybe.
Drinking black coffee will immediately stain your teeth. This is because there is nothing to stop the dark acidic bean juice from weakening your teeth and staining them. Milk or half and half has animal fat that helps lighten the color of the coffee, and also binds to the staining compounds in coffee.
But be warned, using creamer can be a double-edged sword so to speak. It will cause bad bacteria to grow more quickly, causing potentially more discoloring to happen if you don’t clean your mouth out regularly.
2. Divert The Flow
If you’ve been drinking out of a cup, you feel it every time you take a sip. The delicious coffee is swishing right over your front teeth, over and over again.
This is slowly destroying the lovely white color you had. Instead try drinking your coffee through a straw, and it will move to your throat, bypassing all that unnecessary staining that goes on before you swallow. Yes it seems weird, but think about it logically, and you’ll realize that it’s worth the effort.
3. Upgrade Your Toothbrush
Regular toothbrushes are good, but they don’t have the precision and power that a high-quality electric toothbrush can provide. A good recommendation would be to try the Sonicare by Phillips.
4. Don’t Brush Right After Drinking Coffee
You will want to avoid immediately brushing your teeth after drinking coffee. The acidic nature of coffee causes your tooth enamel to weaken. If you brush while they are weakened, it will potentially remove some of your enamel, and expose the dentin inside.
Dentin is naturally yellow, a color you don’t want to accentuate any further. Not to mention your teeth will be weaker. Instead, rinse your mouth out with water immediately after drinking coffee to remove any residual staining liquid.
Wait at least 30 minutes, then brush your teeth to remove the remainder of buildup.
5. Try Different Whitening Options
Add some baking soda to your tooth brushing routine once a week, and you can help make your teeth whiter. Also, switch to whitening toothpastes, and give home whitening kits a try. Make sure they are certified by the American Dental Association first.
6. Schedule Regular Dental Visits
Its recommended that you get your teeth cleaned every 6 months to help prevent staining, and cavities. Talk your dentist about your specific needs, as they are the experts!
7. Use a Quality Mouthwash
A whitening mouthwash can help, but also look for one that can help re-mineralize your teeth. This means that it will help strengthen and rebuild the enamel that coats your teeth.
8. Drink It Fast
Don’t sit and sip your coffee, it will just increase the period of time that the staining is taking place. Instead down that coffee quickly, and rinse your mouth out with water immediately.