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Coffee Stains Teeth: What to Do About It

Brenna Stone

Java lovers beware, coffee stains teeth! Drinking dark beverages, such as coffee, black tea and red wine, can lead to discoloration. The outer layer of teeth, known as the enamel, can become stained by the pigments that are found in your morning cup of coffee. Fortunately, there are solutions for this external form of tooth discoloration, such as in-office procedures with your dentist and regular use of a whitening toothpaste.

Professional Care

Who doesn't want beautiful, white teeth? Schedule regular appointments with your dentist to keep your teeth healthy and pearly white. The abrasion and polishing action of a professional cleaning can help remove surface stains that are caused by drinking coffee. You can also talk to your dentist about a professional teeth whitening treatment, such as bleaching. A bleaching treatment would actually lighten the shade of your teeth, resulting in a noticeably whiter, brighter smile! Be sure to take excellent care of your teeth after bleaching to prevent coffee stains from returning.

Home Care

Simply brushing and flossing regularly can help with yellowish stains, especially if you use a whitening toothpaste like Colgate Optic White Toothpaste. For a dynamic dental routine, use this whitening toothpaste in combination with the alcohol-free Optic White Mouthwash to help get rid of surface stains and to prevent future discoloration at home.

Bleaching gels and strips that you can purchase over the counter can also help to lighten teeth. Over-the-counter whitening products are not as strong as professional treatments; it may take several weeks to notice results.

Another way to cut down on stains is to brush after meals and after sipping a cup of coffee. If you don't have access to your toothbrush, at least rinse to help prevent staining.

It is true: coffee stains teeth. But that doesn't mean you have to give up coffee to have white teeth. Brush regularly, especially after meals. See your dentist for regular cleanings and to talk about what whitening solutions are right for you.

Learn more about how tooth whitening works in the Colgate Oral Care resources.

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