Attention Espresso Lovers! Here are My Top 5 Ways to Remove Coffee Stains on Teeth
Over 700 strains of bacteria have been detected in the human mouth…Most of these bacterial species appear to be harmless [or] beneficial…There are some bacteria, however, that…cause tooth decay and gum disease. ~ Wendy J. Woudstra, Colgate Oral Care Centre
Our tooth enamel is not completely smooth. It has tiny pits and ridges that collect bits of food and drink. The pigment in coffee and other dark-colored beverages can become embedded in these ridges and this is what causes the yellowing stains on your teeth.
If you can’t live without your daily morning cup of coffee but want to avoid unsightly stains, these five methods can help to remove coffee stains on teeth and return your smile to gleaming white.
1. Tooth and Mouth Wipes
Having a few packets of teeth and mouth cleansing wipes in your purse or pocket means that you can give your teeth, lips, tongue and mouth a quick clean on the go. There is nothing worse than being caught short with no way of freshening up after having a meal or a coffee when you’re out and about.
Not only will these little textured wipes remove the food and drink residue and staining from your teeth but they will also freshen your breath with a naturally sweet spearmint flavor. No more coffee breath!
2. Correct Brushing and Flossing
Acidic food and drinks soften the enamel of your teeth making them more susceptible to stains.
To remove coffee stains on teeth and avoid more staining, it’s important to brush morning and night for at least two minutes. Proper brushing with a manual or electric toothbrush will help to remove food particles and dental plaque. Plaque is a translucent substance filled with bacteria that coats the teeth and gums.
Don’t forget to give your tongue a good clean once a day too.
Flossing will remove food and plaque between the teeth that brushing alone can’t reach. Flossing actually breaks up the colonies of bacteria that form along the gum line. It also stimulates the gums, which in turn helps to prevent gum disease.
3. Regular Dental Checkups and Cleans
There will always be small areas in your mouth that are missed by brushing and flossing. If you let the plaque on your teeth build up too much, it solidifies and turns into tartar.
Cavities form when tartar erodes teeth or creates holes in them. Once the damage has occurred, the only solution is to have the cavities filled.
Bi-annual visits to the dentist for a checkup and professional clean will ensure that your teeth and mouth stay healthy and you will be able to keep any coffee stains at bay.
4. Teeth Whitening
There are a few ways you can whiten and remove coffee stains on teeth. You can choose to have a professional cosmetic treatment or use an in-home system.
Any tooth whitening product or method uses peroxide either as carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. The peroxide enters the tooth enamel through tiny pores and goes to work dissolving the stains.
Getting a teeth-whitening procedure done at a dental surgery is the quickest and most effective way to remove coffee stains on teeth. Qualified professionals are able to use higher levels of peroxide, which means that they can remove internal stains as well as surface stains.
A peroxide solution is applied directly to the teeth and is activated by heat, light, or laser. This method is not advised if you have tooth sensitivity as it can cause short bursts of pain and discomfort.
Dentists also supply take-home whitening systems. The products contain a lower percentage of peroxide and you wear a tray custom-moulded to your teeth filled with the whitening solution overnight or during the day. This method can take up to two weeks to lift stains.
5. Over-the-Counter Toothpaste, Bleaching Gels and Strips
You can get over-the-counter whitening products from supermarkets, pharmacies and other stores. They contain only a small amount of peroxide so it will take a significant amount of time for any improvement in tooth color to be noticeable.
Be careful when using these over-the-counter products as they may damage tooth enamel if they contain an acidic solution.
A whitening toothpaste can work well to remove surface stains and whiten teeth. Again some brands may cause more harm than good as they are very abrasive and wear away the enamel. Once the enamel is worn away, teeth look yellow which defeats the purpose of using a whitening toothpaste in the first place!
The American Dental Association recommends that you always consult your dentist before you start using any over-the-counter teeth-whitening product to make sure it is safe and suitable for you.
I would love to hear your solutions to remove coffee stains on teeth.