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Tea and Coffee Drinkers

With the explosion of high street coffee shops and the ever-expanding menus offering hundreds of varieties of teas and coffees, consumption of these hot drinks is at an all-time high. There are countless studies that argue for and against the health benefits of consuming these hot drinks, however, the impact that these drinks can have on the colour of the teeth is not always discussed.

Despite this, we know that these hot drinks can cause the teeth to lose their natural whiteness over time by exposing them to the substances found within these drinks that give the drinks their natural colours.

Due to an organic substance called tannin, which is present in tea and coffee, among other consumables, your teeth can become stained by these drinks over the course of time. This is particularly a risk for those who have a high level of consumption throughout the day, as the teeth will be continually exposed to the substance, which may remain in the mouth for some time even after the drink is finished.

Brushing or even rinsing out your mouth regularly can help to reduce the discolouration caused to the teeth, but realistically not everybody has time to brush their teeth after every cup of tea or coffee they drink during the day.

Laser teeth whitening treatments can restore some of the natural colour of the teeth, enhancing whiteness by several shades. This procedure involves applying a compound to the teeth, whilst protecting the gums, and then exposing the compound to a light or laser.

The main advantage of this procedure over other methods of teeth whitening is that it can achieve a considerably larger improvement when compared to other methods of whitening. It is also a faster procedure than alternatives, as the light or laser speeds up the process.

Laser teeth whitening is always carried out by a trained professional and doesn’t pose a risk to the health of the teeth, or cause any damage to them.

Although the whitening process can produce results that persist for several years, following a whitening procedure, it is good to consider lifestyle changes in order to prolong the duration for which the teeth retain their new level of whiteness. The most obvious choice is to reduce your caffeine intake by cutting down on the number of teas or coffees drunk, or even cutting them out of your diet altogether. Alternatively, though it may not be practical, drinking through a straw would result in the liquid bypassing the teeth, avoiding most of the risk of staining.

Brushing after each drink would also help to maintain the whiteness of the teeth for a longer period of time, or failing that, at least rinsing out your mouth can minimise the discolouration caused.