Your daily dose of coffee and tea can cause deposits on your teeth. With these tips you can prevent that.
Important is the difference between deposits and discolored teeth. Deposits are on the tooth and can therefore be removed quite easily. If your tooth is discolored from the inside, it's a lot more difficult. In the latter case, it is best to seek advice from your dentist.
Do you suffer from discolored deposits on your teeth? Then check whether you are already doing the following:
1. Take good care of your teeth
To prevent deposits as much as possible, it is important to take good care of your teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day, brush between your teeth and visit the dentist regularly. The most efficient brushing is with an electric toothbrush. Do not move your toothbrush too quickly over your teeth, but let the movements of the brush do their work.
2. Drink water after your coffee or tea
Drink a glass of water or rinse your mouth after your cup of coffee or tea.
3. Add milk to your tea
The University in Alberta has conducted research into tooth discoloration from tea. Teeth were placed in tea with and without milk. After 24 hours, the teeth that had been in tea with milk appeared less discolored. How is that possible? It would be due to a protein in milk. These attach themselves to the substance (tannin) in tea that causes discolouration. Good news if you like to drink your tea with milk.
4. Visit the dentist regularly
The six-monthly check-up is good to keep your teeth healthy, but the dentist can also remove the deposits, or send you to the dental hygienist for this. Then you can keep track of it yourself.