Why Does Coffee Stain Teeth?

Asian woman discussing her oral health as she drinks coffee

When it comes to our morning routine, most of us love to start the day with a warm cup of joe. But have you ever wondered what your morning pick-me-up does to your teeth? While coffee is a crowd favorite, it can have a negative impact on your dental health.

Coffee contains tannins (natural compounds) that cause teeth to yellow. Despite their appearance, teeth don’t have a smooth surface; they have microscopic ridges that can hold in food and drink particles, including tannins. Apart from tannins, coffee also creates acids in your mouth that wear down tooth enamel. But don’t worry; there are a few ways to combat tannins and acids so you can still enjoy a hot cup of guilt-free coffee.

Ways to Avoid Coffee Stains

  • Use a Straw – One of the easiest ways to avoid tooth stains is to drink your coffee through a straw. The straw helps the coffee bypass your teeth!
  • Brush Your Teeth or Rinse Your Mouth – After you drink coffee, you can either brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with water to prevent tannins or acids from sticking to your teeth.
  • Drink Your Coffee in One Sitting – If you’re going to drink coffee, it’s best to do it in one sitting. When you drink coffee throughout the day, it gives bad bacteria and acid time to build up on your teeth.
  • Reduce the Amount of Cream & Sugar – You may think the lighter your coffee, the less likely you are to get tooth stains, but that’s not the case. Regardless of the color of your coffee, the yellowing tannins are still present. Not to mention, cream and sugar also increase the level of acids in your mouth.

Freshen Your Smile with a Dental Visit

Are your teeth dull or discolored from coffee or other foods and drinks? Our professional teeth whitening treatments can help turn back the clock on your teeth and give you a bright, beautiful smile. If you follow these tips and keep up with your routine care, your teeth will thank you a latte. Contact us today to schedule your next dental visit!

Why Does Coffee Stain Teeth? was last modified: February 24th, 2020 by Palos Heights Family Dental