Tea and coffee stains on teeth: How to remove them?


Tea and coffee are one of the favourite beverages of people nowadays. People love drinking tea all the time. But in some people, it leaves stains on teeth which look aesthetically unappealing. Those stains sometimes don’t came off with simple procedures.

Following are ways to remove stains from your teeth and make you drink your favourite beverage anytime you want.

1. Brushing your teeth three times a day:

This is the basic thing everyone should do to keep your teeth healthy and clean. People often brush two times a day before and after going to bed which is perfectly good routine for those who don’t have any habits like drinking tea or coffee.

Coffee and tea can leave stains on your teeth for a very longer time and it may become permanent if can’t removed on time. Change your basic routine to three times a day. Brush your teeth in half an hour after you’ve taken your tea. Make sure you don’t drink tea more than three times a day.

With activated charcoal:

You can brush your teeth with activated charcoal once in day. Charcoal has some powerful agents in it which can dissolve tea stains in 3-5 minutes. During brushing with charcoal, don’t swallow water as charcoal is a hazardous compound which can cause damage to your stomach and oesophagus.

2. Mouthwash Regularly:

Consult your dentist before using mouthwash as l it’s not recommended for teeth which has thin upper layer. That might lead to sensitivity of teeth. After your dentist recommend you, buy it from medical store or get it online.

Use it once a day daily at night before going to bed. Take a sip of mouthwash and fill 1/4th of your mouth. Rinse your teeth with it fully for 30 seconds. Repeat it three times and then rinse your teeth with clean water.

Mouthwash contains compound like chlorhexidine which can disinfectant any surface including teeth. It removes all the temporary stains from teeth easily. Don’t drink the mouthwash during rinsing your teeth as it may cause stomach acidity.

3. Apply White Strips two times a day:

Whitening strips are just like bleaching powder which you used to remove stains from your shirts. These can be bought online or from a medical store. White strips are cheaper than other dental procedures like hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide.

Always keep in mind, you need to brush your teeth before using these strips as food can’t be removed from your interdental areas by strips or mouthwash. You have to brush properly with proper technique before using these.

Whitening strips made of plastic containing compounds like polyethylene which contains bleaching agents. These agents dissolve the stains from your stains. The compounds present in strips are different than carbamide and hydrogen peroxide.

4. Use electric toothbrush:

Manually, you can’t pick the speed similar to electric toothbrush. Electric toothbrush can go upto 3000 strokes per minute to 4000 strokes per minute which can remove stains way faster and better than manual toothbrush. Manually, you can only go for 300 strokes per minute.

5. Professional teeth whitening:

It’s the best way to remove stains from your teeth. Dentist will go for carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. It’ll be applied on your teeth for more than 2 hours. During the procedure, make sure the compound don’t get in contact with your gingiva or go down into food canal.

Dentist can also go for laser treatment in which he’ll apply something on your teeth and then use laser rays to whiten your teeth. Laser technology is expensive comparatively but it’s time saving.

6. Veneers:

If stains can’t get removed easily with all simple procedures, your dentist will recommend you to go for Dental Veneers. Veneers will cover your teeth surface completely and hide the shades, stains behind it. Veneers are more expensive than other dental procedures. Also you have to do more specific preventive measures after Veneers.

Veneers aren’t made to remove stains instead they’ll hide them.

Preventive measures:

1. Drink tea and coffee with straw:

Tea and coffee stains do appear on very first time you drink. The more there will be contact between teeth and team, more will be staining. So use straw to drink beverages instead swishing. After you drink it, clean your teeth with water and brush it.

2. Eat apples, oranges and fibrous food:

Food containing fibres, citric acid can help in removing stains slightly. Also it can stimulate saliva in oral cavity which helps in removing stains and preventing your teeth from dental caries. Oranges can help with its acidity to dissolve particles on your teeth.

3. Chew sugar free gums:

Sugar free gums are very beneficial for your teeth. It stimulates saliva, remove external unnecessary debris on your teeth and prevent your teeth from dental caries. During chewing gums, saliva flow over the tea stains and dissolve them.

How tea stains happen on teeth?

Tea and coffee stains are formed because of an organic substance found in coffee, and tea. Tannins is the building compounds of stains on your teeth. The darker the tea and coffee, more tannins is present there. It can cause discoloured teeth if not taken care of in time.

Causes of teeth staining other then tea and coffee.

Staining can be be caused by many factors other than tea and coffee. Dark wine, sodas, carbonated drinks, cigar smoking, tobacco, trauma or genetically may cause discolouration. Poor oral hygiene is one of the biggest cause of discoloured teeth.

Types of staining:

There are three types of staining on your teeth:

1. Extrinsic staining:

This kind of staining is caused by food particles, tobacco in which outer enamel layer got covered by stains. It’s easy to remove extrinsic stains as it’s present superficial on the teeth. Coffee and tea stains are also extrinsic stains.

2. Intrinsic staining:

Intrinsic staining is the deepened staining inside the tooth surface. It’s present below the surface of tooth. Fluoride excess causes intrinsic staining which is thicker and harder to remove. To treat this situation, brushing and some basic procedures aren’t enough.

3. Age-related:

Dentin is yellowish in color while enamel is whiter than dentin. Enamel present over the dentin. It’s because enamel is outer most layer, teeth normally looks white. With age, enamel got thinner and dentin beneath it starts appearing.

Because of it, normal white color of teeth starts changing into yellow with age as enamel start degrading. Age related discolouration can be extrinsic or intrinsic as it involves a lot of factor. Diet, poor nutrition beverages all other eatables can cause this.

Extra teeth whitening boost:

The crest LED Accelerator light is new advanced blue light that can whiten your teeth more easily and effectively at home. It’s a simple kit, can be bought online or from a medical store. You can grab it with your hand and use LED light to whiten your teeth.

What to do if you’ve got sensitivity?

Your dentist will not recommend you for some whitening procedures like whitening bleaching compounds, carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide. As teeth layer have already been thinned due to some external factors. So using acid containing agents will trigger the problem.

In case of sensitivity, you can just whiten your teeth by LED lights, Veneers, and crowns. Veneers are the best option for sensitive teeth. As it can also end sensitivity. Always keep in mind, Veneers don’t remove the stains, if just hide them from showing.

Can medicines cause tooth discolouration?

Yes, medicines can cause tooth discolouration. In early ages, antibiotics can lead to some serious problems regarding teeth. Tetracycline, doxycycline, antihistamine drugs, antipsychotic drugs can lead to staining in teeth.

Can mouthwash causes staining in teeth?

Mouthwash containing chlorhexidine can cause teeth staining sometimes. Chlorine present in mouthwashes can lead to staining which can be removed easily with some whitening agents and LED light. Don’t use it anymore if your teeth starting to show some yellowish tint.

Can fillings cause teeth staining?

Some of the materials used in dental restorations like amalgam and silver containing compounds can cause discolouration to teeth. Amalgam specifically can leave gray black color to your teeth.

Discolouration other than yellow and how it can describe it’s cause:

1. Yellow

Yellow is often due to thinning of enamel from teeth. It can be due to age factor or aggressive brushing techniques. Some people damage their enamel during filing down too. So these can lead to yellowish color of teeth.

2. Brown:

Tobacco is the main reason behind it. Brown color is attained by dark coloured food, beverages like dark chocolates, coffee and tea. Cigar smokers develop this situation.

3. Black:

Necrosis will develop into black coloured teeth. If pulp is damaged totally, there will be no blood supply. Poor nutrition causes teeth to stained blackened. Amalgam restorations can cause gray blackish tint in posterior teeth. There are some cases observed in people with black teeth who chew betel nuts.

Always keep in mind:

Don’t brush your teeth aggressively. This will only damage your teeth enamel. Brushing is to remove food debris from your tooth surface. Attached stains and particles will not be removed during brushing. Use brush with soft bristles if you’re having sensitivity issues.

During LED whitening light, position the kit towards teeth. Don’t point it towards your eye as it may damage eye’s retina. Consult your doctor if you’re feeling any discomfort in your eyes.

Don’t use mouthwash without doctor’s recommendations. Clean your teeth with proper technique. Don’t brush your teeth more than four times a day as it may cause thinning of enamel.

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