It’s quite possibly the most hidden smile in history, but maybe Mona Lisa didn’t show her teeth because they were stained by coffee or tea? Seriously though, we’d all love perfectly white teeth, but with so many products that we eat and drink potentially leading to staining, it’s not easy. With that in mind, does green tea stain your teeth? Let’s look at the answer to this question and how you can remove stains from your teeth.
Does green tea stain your teeth?
This is going to be a short answer… yes! Whilst it has become popular for its numerous health benefits, which include the likelihood that sugar is not added to it when drunk, green tea contains tannins just like other teas. This, in turn, can cause yellowing of your teeth. If you’d like to know more about the link between tea and stained teeth, read here.
How to limit staining caused by tea
Before we look at how to remove stains, there are a number of easy steps you can take to help limit the effect of tea causing discolouration on your teeth:
Brush your teeth twice a day.
Brush your teeth after you drink tea.
Have a drink of water after drinking tea – the water will help wash away the tannins.
Switch from black tea to herbal and green tea – herbal teas cause less staining than black teas, so this switch could really help.
Removing stains from teeth
Limiting the effects of tea on your teeth is one thing, but it’s fairly inevitable that at some point you’ll have to take action to remove stains. Here are a number of top tips to help you do just that:
Brush with baking soda – the mildly abrasive properties help to scrub away the stains when used regularly. Try a ratio of one teaspoon baking soda to two tablespoons water.
Brush with apple cider vinegar – it’s a great natural cleaner and also helps to kill bacteria too. You should only use apple cider vinegar occasionally, though, as it can increase erosion of tooth enamel. If you do use it, combine with plenty of water and swill it around your teeth.
Use specialist toothpaste to help restore natural whiteness and strengthen teeth.
See your dentist to have your teeth professionally cleaned.
So, we know that green tea can lead to staining on teeth. But we also now know how to limit the effects and even remove the stains when they do occur. Put these tips into practice to keep enjoying your cup of green tea and maintain your beautiful smile!
*This is a guest post from Regenerate