Having to worry about teeth staining is one of the more annoying side effects of drinking coffee. But, we have you covered. Preventing stains doesn’t have to be expensive, or time-consuming. The next time you sit down to enjoy your cup of Zoka Coffee, you can keep these preventative tips in mind to help you prevent your teeth from staining. If you think you already have discoloration happening, we have also confirmed some of the best ways to go about reversing the effects. To make this easier, the list is broken down into steps to take while you drink your coffee, and steps to take after the teeth staining has already set in.
Steps While Drinking Coffee
The easiest way to help prevent your teeth from staining due to coffee is to take several steps while you drink your coffee - preventative measures. Whether it’s one of the steps listed below or it’s a different step that you thought of, odds are good that you’ll find how following just one of these steps can greatly reduce the presence of stains.
Use A Straw
While it may not seem ideal to have to sip your drink through a straw, it can actually help prevent your teeth from staining. While it would be difficult to drink hot coffee through a regular straw, drinking through one of the little stirrer sticks will provide you with the perfect solution. Or, make the switch to a iced coffee or cold brew for a season, to see if it helps.
Use High Fat Animal Milk
The protein found in animal milk helps bind the polyphenols in the coffee. The higher the fat content in the animal milk, the better it will bind with the polyphenol, so it is recommended to choose one with a high fat content. Because of the low fat content, soy milk is not a good choice, as it does not bind well.
100% Arabica Beans
Dry-processed Arabica beans are the perfect choice to help prevent staining of your teeth. Other types of coffee beans have high counts of polyphenol and caffeine. The more polyphenol, the better chance your teeth are going to stain.
Decrease Contact Of Coffee With Your Teeth
As mentioned earlier, drinking from a straw can greatly reduce your chances of staining your teeth due to coffee. If you are out and about and you can’t drink from a straw, it’s possible for you to drink your coffee quicker, so the coffee hardly comes into contact with your teeth. Seems like a no-brainer, but if you’re one of the ones that likes to sip and savor your favorite beverage, we have one more little tip to for you. While there isn’t a lot of data to support it, rinsing out your mouth after drinking coffee can help get rid of some of the excess bacteria in your mouth and limit how long the coffee remains on your teeth.
Steps To Treat The Effects
In a perfect world, you would never have to worry about your teeth staining, because you follow all of the necessary steps to help prevent it. However, life moves quickly and, occasionally, staining of your teeth due to coffee is going to happen. Luckily, there are a few different ideas to help treat the staining on your teeth after the damage has already been done.
Use An Electric Toothbrush
There have been numerous studies to prove that using an electric toothbrush can greatly help reduce the plaque buildup on your teeth and will also reduce stain formation. By removing the plaque from your teeth, it will be harder for the staining to set in. While you shouldn’t brush your teeth immediately after, as your teeth are still soft because of the acidity, brushing at least two times a day can be enough to eliminate the possibility of plaque build up and teeth staining.
Whiten Your Teeth
Having your teeth whitened every so often by your dentist can be the perfect solution to preventing teeth staining. Going to a dentist is far better than attempting to do it yourself because dentists are able to use bleaching agents, make your teeth stay whiter for a longer time, and, if necessary, can provide additional treatment to help whiten your teeth. It’s important to note that over-whitening your teeth can be harmful, as it removes the natural protective coating. Take at least a couple months off in between teeth whitening cycles to ensure best results. If you’re DIYer and like to try natural remedies at home, you can make a paste with baking soda and lemon juice, and rub this into your teeth and let it sit for several minutes. Also, oil-pulling is something you could look into, too - amazing health benefits, and one of the perks reported from many dedicated oil-pullers are whiter teeth!
For most people, coffee has become one of the staples of their morning routine and a large number of people use coffee to help get themselves through the day. While there are certain people who struggle with teeth staining as a result of drinking coffee, there are plenty of ways to help prevent and treat the teeth staining before it’s too late. Lucky for you, you’re now fully aware of what you can do to help prevent your teeth from staining.
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