Anything that is not water is bound to stain your teeth. However, some drinks stain worse than others. Coffee, for instance, is a primary culprit of yellowing, extrinsically stained teeth. Ultimately, certain beverages like coffee can create bacteria growth, causing enamel erosion and tooth decay. Not to mention, coffee sticks to the tongue, causing dehydration and halitosis.
But if you are a coffee enthusiast and survive the day drinking cup after cup, it can be challenging to turn it down. So instead of doing so, simply learn how to prevent coffee stains. Even if you’re not much of a coffee drinker, many of these tricks also apply to other drinks and foods, such as black teas, red wines, tomato sauces, sodas, sports drinks and even berries.
It’s not just about how to prevent coffee stains, but other stains, too. Here's how to prevent coffee stains on teeth to maintain a brilliant and bright smile.
How to Prevent Coffee Stains (and More!)
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1. Drink Black Coffee
Just because creamer makes your coffee lighter, doesn’t mean it’s not affecting your teeth. Many creamers are chock full of sugar, which creates tons of havoc on your oral hygiene. Cream and sugar can speed up the growth of plaque and discoloring bacteria.
2. Drink a Glass of Water to Rinse Your Mouth
If you can’t find time to head to the bathroom and brush your teeth, grab some water instead. Keep a water bottle around and swish and rinse your mouth. Not only will it prevent visible coffee stains on your teeth, but it will minimize bad coffee breath.
3. Brush and Floss Regularly
Ideally, it’s good to brush your teeth after drinking coffee or other stain-causing drinks. However, since coffee and other harsh beverages are acidic, you want to rinse with water and then wait approximately 30 minutes. The acidity can weaken your tooth enamel, which can cause deeper stains. Flossing is just as important to get those hard-to-reach crevices.
4. Use a Blue Light Toothbrush
Speaking of brushing, if you still use a manual toothbrush, it’s time to upgrade. An electric toothbrush or blue light toothbrush offers more cleaning power while being sensitive to enamel and gum areas.
5. Rinse with Mouthwash
Mouthwash can also eliminate any germs and plaque buildup caused by sugars and creamers. Any mouthwash will do fine, but an alcohol-free mouthwash can help keep your mouth hydrated, preventing bad breath. You could also swish with a whitening mouthwash to remove stains.
6. Schedule Routine Dental Visits
Make sure to schedule routine dental visits at least twice each year. Dentists can professionally clean your teeth and remove stains. Plus, they will examine your overall oral health.
7. Drink Through a Straw
If you do love to sip and nurse a drink well into the morning or evening, do so with a straw. Drinking coffee through a straw bypasses your teeth, which prevents stains. As you prepare your coffee in the morning, pour it into a reusable container with a built-in straw. You could also carry around a reusable heat-resistant straw for other times you grab a coffee out.
8. Use At-Home Teeth Whitening Products
If you already have stains, whether from coffee, tea or wine, GO SMILE offers numerous at-home teeth whitening products. Many at-home and over-the-counter teeth whitening products can reverse stain damage and get those pearly whites back. Check out GO SMILE’s teeth whitening kits.
9. Use On-the-go Stain Erasers and Whitening Pens
When you can’t brush your teeth or rinse your mouth, a stain eraser and whitening pen can truly come in handy!
GO SMILE stain erasers offer a convenient on-the-go method for the quick touch-up of all types of stains. Plus, this handy applicator can also be used to prevent new stains entirely! Apply and wait 20 minutes before you rinse, eat or drink. If you still have lingering coffee breath, the sugar-free Fresh Mint flavor can freshen breath.
Another on-the-go option is the teeth whitening pen. This portable brush pen easily slips into your pocket or purse. The soft brush coats your teeth’s surface. Like the stain erasers, our teeth whitening pen can prevent new stains from setting and has a fresh, clean mint aftertaste.
Still Enjoy That Cup of Joe
Coffee, tea and wine are all fine to drink. You don’t have to cut out these enjoyable drinks entirely. Just do so in moderation to maintain a bright white and healthy-looking smile. Cut back on how much you drink and use the tips and tricks above. Other than that, just remember to brush regularly and schedule routine cleanings with your dentist.STOCK UP ON STAIN ERASERS