Coffee And Tea Drinkers: Stop Staining Teeth With These Tips

Many people need the kick that coffee or tea gives them each morning. In fact, for a lot of people the morning can't even be faced without a hot cup of a dark liquid. Later in the day, however, you may glance your teeth in a mirror and worry that your teeth are becoming dull and taking on a yellowish or brownish hue. Even if you're brushing faithfully, staining can be an issue if you're always drinking tea or coffee. Try additional anti-staining suggestions like these.

Use Baking Soda

Like many, baking soda is probably in your home for cooking, cleaning or other purposes. Interestingly, it can also be used as a way to get those teeth white again. Baking soda is somewhat abrasive and when scrubbed on the surface of your teeth, it can erase stains.

To do this, create a paste with some baking soda and water. Then use the paste as you would use a favorite store-bought toothpaste. You might be so happy with results that you want to use it every day, but avoid this; too much exposure to baking soda could wear down too much of your enamel.

Keep Water Nearby

One reason hot tea and coffee stain teeth is that some of the liquids remain on the teeth after you take sips and gulps. To stop this and discourage problems, ensure you drink and swish with some fresh water after you've had your hot beverage. That will wash away any remnants.

Get Coconut Oil

If you are interested in a regular practice that may keep stains away, swishing with coconut oil could work. Oil pulling or oil swishing, a practice used by Indians for thousands of years, has sometimes been put into practice as a way to brighten tooth surfaces. Just a teaspoon or so of the oil inside your mouth, swished about for some minutes, can produce results. Try it and see what it does for your own teeth.

If you do use this oil, be mindful that oil can, at times, clog bathroom sink drains. Get rid of the oil and saliva by spitting into a bit of tissue and adding it to the regular bathroom trash bin. 

Use Straws

The new sheen you see when using these anti-staining tips will be proof that you should continue. If you want a rapid solution or a deeper cleaning, a cosmetic dentist can arrange a few teeth whitening sessions for you. They can also point you toward other effective, smart ways to keep your smile brilliant.