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There are advantages and
disadvantages to everything, tea and coffee being no exception. They
are refreshing and revitalising, but as year follows year you might
notice the effect they can have on your teeth, more specifically the
colour of your teeth. Your pearly whites take on a less becoming hue
and you begin to wonder if they're a lost cause. Black tea, or
'normal' tea as I like to think of it, is actually a bigger culprit
than coffee because it contains a higher level of tannic acid. Our
teeth are covered in a thin layer of protein known as the pellicle
and the tannins bond to it, hence the staining. There are various
approaches you can take to reduce or slow down the effect:
The most radical would
be to just drink water, but few of us have the desire, let alone the
willpower, to lead such an ascetic life style.
You could try drinking
white, green or herbal teas some of the time, as they have a lower
capacity to stain teeth.
Waiting for your tea or
coffee to cool down also reduces the effect.
Factoring in an extra
tooth brushing session during the course of the day would be
beneficial; chewing sugar free gum is a good alternative when out
As the proteins in milk
bind to tannins, it would follow that taking milk in your tea would
be a wise move because there would be fewer tannins free to bind to
If you're not fussed
about looking a bit odd, then imbibing tea through a straw will
reduce exposure to the tannins!
Of course there are a
host of tooth whitening pastes on the supermarket shelves if your
teeth are really beyond the pale.