Myth Debunked: Does coffee or tea stain your teeth more?
When it comes to keeping your teeth looking pearly white, we all know that coffee is one of the biggest no-nos. But did you know that tea might be even more likely to stain your teeth than coffee because tea contains several compounds, like theaflavins (TF1s), thearubigins (TRs) and theabrownins (TBs) that have been known to stain teeth.
In fact, the biggest culprit is the staining component tannin, which contributes to the formation of plaque on your teeth, resulting in yellow teeth. Tooth enamel is naturally porous and can absorb the tannins in tea, leading to unpleasant brown discolouration of your teeth.
TF1s and TRs are components of tannin, a type of polyphenol that comes from plants, which is also used in the process of tanning leather, and can create plaque in your teeth.
The microscopic pits and ridges in enamel can hold particles of food and drink, meaning pigments from dark-coloured drinks such as coffee and tea can become embedded in the cracks and cause teeth yellowing.
Tea contains several compounds that have been known to stain teeth including theaflavins, thearubigins and theabrownins which are more damaging the stronger the brew.
But for the tea-lovers out there, there are a few things you can do to keep staining to a minimum.
Reduce Stains Caused by Tea
Drinking tea can cause lasting discoloration, but it is possible to reduce staining by developing healthy oral care habits.
At home, simple things such as brushing your teeth regularly can help. Brushing twice a day is good but brushing immediately after you drink a cup of tea is even better. Drinking water after a cup of tea can help reduce the amount of tannin left in your mouth, too. Switching from black tea to herbal or green teas can also reduce staining, although it will not eliminate the problem altogether.
For added stain fighting, try using White Glo’s Coffee & Tea Drinkers Toothpaste, this revolutionary toothpaste comes with Micro Polishing Particles targeting discolouration and yellowing on the tooth enamel caused by consumption of coffee and tea over time. White Glo's exclusive Micro - Wax Protective Shield Formula also helps to repel new stains from forming, leaving teeth whiter, shinier, and glossier.
Get Rid of Existing Stains
Now that you know tea can stain your teeth, you might like to think about teeth whitening to combat the discoloration. You can do this at home using teeth whitening kits or products that work alongside your usual brushing routine, such as the White Glo Activated Charcoal Power & Deep Stain Remover Toothpaste to help further reduce stains and brighten your teeth.