Coffee is notoriously good at staining your teeth. Some people have watered their coffee down and even iced it just to try and avoid those stains. Lately, many people have been asking if creamer can spare your teeth some of those stains simply by lightening up the color of the coffee you drink. While the theory makes sense, unfortunately, this does not work. It is a part of the coffee itself that actually stains your teeth simply by its presence.
Coffee Tannins Are to Blame
When you drink coffee, or tea for that matter, it contains tannins. These minute particles are what cause the stains on your teeth. Either they are in something you drink, and will cause stains on your teeth, or they are not in something you drink and will not cause stains. There isn't really anything you can do to avoid the stains that come with those beverages, other than stopping drinking them.
If you want to reverse some of the damage that these stains can cause, make sure you keep up with brushing and flossing daily. Eat fresh produce after drinking your coffee to help wash off some of the potential staining with the texture of the produce. You can also brush with a bit of baking soda, which will carefully remove stains from your teeth over time.
The best thing to do when you want to get help with the stains caused by coffee, is to talk with your dentist. They may be able to provide sealants for your teeth to help improve their appearance, and they can help whiten your teeth if they get to the point of obvious staining. Ask your dentist for any other advice they may have when it comes to preventing stains from coffee products.
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