Does it seem to you that teeth just keep getting whiter and whiter? It’s not your imagination – there is more focus than ever on having whiter than white teeth. If you are a coffee drinker – your teeth may not have the lustre that you wish they had. But do you need to give up that cup of coffee you so badly need first thing in the morning? Not necessarily.
7 Tips for Whiter Teeth
Dingy teeth can make you hide your smile, and with good reason. Many of the people around you have those bright white teeth that you wish you had. There are some things you can do yourself to improve the look of your smile. Having our teeth white can make a big difference in our appearance. Here are a few simple solutions that may help you enjoy your coffee and keep your teeth white.
- Change the color of your coffee. This may sound too easy – but by adding milk to your coffee reduces the staining. This does not include non-dairy creamers. Not only does milk lighten the color of your coffee, but it is high in protein which keeps it from attaching to your teeth and causing stains.
- It only makes sense that if coffee doesn’t touch your teeth it won’t leave a stain. So, when you pick up your coffee at your favorite coffee shop – put a straw in it, enjoy and be on your way. It’s not going to completely eliminate coffee from staining your teeth, it may help lessen the discoloration.
- You may drink coffee for the effect of the caffeine that it contains – but if you’re truly trying to find ways to decrease teeth staining from coffee – you’ll take our advice and try to get by with decaf. The reason? Caffeine contains more of the polyphenols that cause staining. By eliminating caffeine, you eliminate some of the staining.
- If you love to make your coffee in that fashionable French press, your teeth will be more likely to become stained. The way your coffee is brewed does play a part in the amount of staining you will see on your teeth. A Turkish brew is a method that will add the most stains to those pearly whites – and cold brew the least.
- Did you know that caffeine actually softens the enamel on your teeth? We don’t want to discourage you from brushing your teeth right after you drink coffee – in fact, quite the opposite. Wait just a little while after that last cup of coffee before brushing, and then brush away.
- Drinking water after your coffee is also a way for you to cut down on the amount of staining that your coffee leaves behind. In fact, try taking a sip of water here and there while you are enjoying your coffee. In doing so, you’ll add to your water consumption for the day - at the same time you’re saving your teeth from unsightly stains.
- You may not know that caffeine cling to plaque – and it also softens the calcium on your teeth. When you keep your teeth properly flossed, brushed and have regular dental checkups – your teeth are less likely to become stained, even when you drink coffee. In order to keep your teeth white, take good care of them.
The best way to have a dazzling white smile is to visit a cosmetic dentist. There are only so many things you can do on your own to diminish and decrease tooth stains. A consult with a cosmetic dentist will educate you on the various professional methods that to remove unsightly stains caused by coffee and other drinks and foods. He or she will also give you ideas on how to keep your teeth white after you have had them professionally whitened. Having your teeth whitened is one of the most dramatic changes you can make to improve your looks – and it can be done in one visit to your cosmetic dentist.