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Coffee And Tea: Are They Ruining Your Teeth?

does coffee and tea stain your teeth

It’s another weekday morning after a long weekend and you are tired. In fact, you are so tired, you’re contemplating if you truly need that job or that degree, but you know you do. So what do you do every morning before work or school for a pick-me-up? You get yourself some coffee, that’s what. Whether you’re your own at-home barista or you go visit the one not too far from your home, coffee is your energizer and you need it. The same goes for tea lovers as well. Sometimes you need some help with your energy and the best way to get it is through a cup of coffee or tea. What happens when this cup turns into multiple cups throughout the day and during the week? Can that affect you negatively in some way? Well, unfortunately, one cup too many can damage your mouth in more ways than you think.

They May Taste Great But What Are They Doing To Your Teeth?

There are many foods in this world that may stain your teeth and coffee is high up on that list. This drink is known for staining the enamel of your teeth over time, but did you know that tea is also a beverage that stains your teeth over time?

It’s not talked about nearly as much as coffee and how it ruins the enamel but tea is also a tooth stainer as well. Most herbal, black and green teas contain tannin which stains the teeth and gums. 

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How This Damage Affects Them Over Time

When drinking these two beverages often, over time they can cause staining and discoloration on your teeth because coffee stains your enamel.

It also changes the pH balance in your mouth. Once the balance in your mouth is off, your teeth are even more vulnerable to being stained by other types of foods.

Drinking black tea leaves yellowish stains over time, drinking green tea leaves grayish stains and even chamomile and hibiscus tea can cause discoloration over time if you drink them regularly. 

These two beverages also cause tooth erosion. The main culprit of why your teeth may start decaying when drinking coffee and tea often is because of sugar. Sugar over time causes decaying. Coffee is naturally acidic as well. When the acid from coffee and sugar combine, they damage your teeth faster by eroding your enamel.

Once your enamel starts to decay, it exposes the nerve endings on your teeth making them extremely sensitive. Tea can have the same effects but it may take a little more time for this to start happening.

These two beverages can also cause bad breath and lead to Halitosis if you are constantly drinking them on an empty stomach. 

How To Drink To Lower The Risk Of Damage To Your Teeth

Now you may not be able to give up tea and coffee cold turkey and no one expects you to. Drinking the two doesn’t have to stop completely but you can lower your intake of how many cups a day you drink.

Instead of having 2-3 cups of coffee or tea a day, try 1-2. Adding a little milk or cream to your tea can help reduce the risk of staining over time. Skipping the sugar when making yourself a cup also helps with preventing

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