This article contains everything you need to know on how to get rid of annoying coffee stains on your teeth.
We, humans, drink 2 billion cups of coffee every single day, so why are you the only one with coffee stains on your teeth? Well, you’re not. If you’re a daily coffee drinker, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll struggle with coffee stains on your teeth at least once in your life.
Coffee stains on your teeth aren't harmful to your health, but they’ll ruin your smile when you go on a date with that cute guy or gal. So how do you get rid of those stains on your teeth?
Let’s find out!
What Causes These Coffee Stains On My Teeth?
Coffee stains are caused by the tannins found in coffee. When these tannins come in contact with your teeth for years or even decades, it builds up and causes those infamous yellow stains on your teeth.
Tannins are organic substances found in coffee, tea, and even wine. But darkly roasted coffee is the biggest culprit for stained teeth.
How Can I Prevent It?
So how do I prevent it? Simply stop drinking coffee. But we both know that’s not going to happen. None of us coffee aficionados will give up something so important for our life source. So here are another 5 options that aren't as difficult as quitting coffee.
Also, these tips aren’t your basic, brush your teeth nonsense. I’m going to assume that you’re a functional person that brushes their teeth twice a day, flosses once a day, and uses mouthwash and other basic dental hygiene equipment.
1. Visit Your Dentist Every Six Months
When you’re sick, who do you visit? The doctor! Now if there’s something wrong with your teeth, wouldn’t it make sense to visit your dentist?
Your dentist has dealt with hundreds of people struggling with stained teeth and he knows exactly how to fix it. Simply visit your local dentist, and after a couple of appointments, your teeth will magically be white again.
2. Wash Your Mouth With Salt Water After Drinking Coffee
So you visited the dentist, your teeth are white again but after a few months of heavy coffee consumption, you look in the mirror and you’re back to square one.
One of the best things to do is to wash your mouth with salt water after every cup. This will wash away the tannin build-up on your teeth leading to whiter teeth and a better smile.
3. Eat Lots Of Crunchy Fruits And Vegetables
But let’s say you’re downing several cups of coffee per day, and I can’t blame you, they’re delicious, what do you do? Should you be washing your mouth with salt water 10 times a day?
Nobody has time for that. Instead, start increasing the fruits and vegetables in your diet.
Fruits and veggies have fibers that act as scrubs. These scrubs clean your teeth as you chew. Veggies like broccoli, cucumber, and carrots work best.
4. Buy A Teeth Whitening Kit
Talk to your dentist as he will recommend a reliable teeth whitening kit for you to use. Most teeth whitening kits contain hydrogen peroxide which is like magic for your teeth.
There are two types of teeth whitening kits. Liquid packs and teeth whitening strips. Consult your dentist and see which is better for you.
Just make sure to follow the instructions as prolonged use can cause teeth and gum damage.
5. Use Hydrogen Peroxide And Baking Soda
Hydrogen peroxide is a substance that stimulates your enamel to give up the coffee particles on your teeth. Baking soda increases this reaction, so you can use less hydrogen peroxide and get whiter teeth.
To make this mixture, add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to a container with some baking soda until you have a paste. Put the paste on your teeth for 10 minutes and brush it off with regular toothpaste.
Bonus Tip: Drink Iced Coffee With A Straw
When you drink hot coffee, the coffee comes in contact with your front teeth all the time which causes the tannins in coffee to stain your teeth.
But if you drink iced coffee from a straw, the coffee rarely comes in contact with your front teeth and doesn’t stain your teeth as much.
Final Word On Getting Rid Of Coffee Stains
Having coffee stains on your teeth is a real struggle. But with these tips, your coffee-stained teeth will be a thing of the past.