If you’re like most seasoned coffee drinkers, you probably think that a good day can’t be a great day without your morning coffee. Of course, you might also think that a couple of caffeine hits later in the day can only make things greater. But the coffee stains they leave on our teeth? Not so great.Tea, coffee and red wine can all stain your teeth. And according to the Australian Dental Association, even eating a healthy diet can stain teeth over time. Luckily, though, teeth whitening technology is now better than ever. Effective treatments are readily available at your dental professional’s office and over-the-counter, to keep you smiling.
What Works Best To Remove Coffee Stains From Your Teeth?
What causes stained teeth?
So how does coffee stain teeth? It all boils down to intense colour pigments called chromogens – but they’re not just in coffee. Coffee, wine and tea (among others) all contain chromogens that can alter the colour of your tooth enamel (the outer layer of your teeth). Whitening products bleach that outer layer by breaking the stains into smaller pieces with hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.
- Genetics (tooth discolouration can be hereditary)
- Tobacco use
- Fluorosis (a rare condition when children are exposed to too much fluoride)
How can you whiten your teeth at home?
There are various products available over the counter that can help you whiten your teeth at home.
- Whitening toothpaste
- Over-the-counter bleaching products
- Dentist-prescribed at-home whitening
How can your dental professional help you whiten your teeth?Suppose you want a more immediate and effective whitening solution than over-the-counter options. In that case, you might consider a professional whitening treatment at your dental professional’s clinic. They can safely apply a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide than what is in over-the-counter products. Plus, you'll reap the following benefits:
- Dental supervision
- Stronger whitening agents
- Faster results
How can you prevent stained teeth?The best way to prevent stained teeth is to minimise drinking beverages and eating foods that can cause discolouration and avoid tobacco products. Importantly, always make sure you practice good oral hygiene:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
- Brush after eating meals or drinking coffee, black tea, or red wine – but wait a good 30 minutes before doing so. Otherwise, you may cause tooth wear as a result of the acidic food or drink softening your enamel temporarily. If you don’t have access to a toothbrush after eating or drinking, rinse your mouth with water.
- Floss or clean between your teeth with interdental brushes or a water flosser at least once a day.
- Make sure you see your dental professional for regular checkups.
This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.