05 Jan Do Dentists Celebrate National Hot Tea Month?
Ask any dentist in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach or even Malibu Beach, and they will tell you that drinking tea will stain your teeth. So, does that mean that there aren’t any tea drinkers in the top dental offices in Boynton Beach or Boca Raton, Florida?
More importantly, perhaps, should you give up drinking tea?
The Truth About Tea and Teeth
Coffee, tea and red wine can all stain teeth, but the biggest offender is tea. “Tea causes teeth to stain much worse than coffee,” Mark S. Wolff, DDS, PhD, who is a professor at the New York University College of Dentistry, told WebMD. “Iced tea or brewed tea – it doesn’t matter.”
As WebMD’s experts explain, there are three components that you should try to avoid if you want to protect your teeth from stains:
- Acids: “These make tooth enamel softer and rougher, so it’s easier for stains to set in,” they say.
- Chromogens: According to the medical dictionary, the term chromogen refers to “a chemical or compound that reacts to produce a colored end-product.” And, as WebMD says, they will cling to the enamel of your teeth.
- Tannins: Again, this is something that facilitates staining and in this case, they are plant-based.
According to WebMD, coffee is high in chromogens and acid. Tea has acid and tannins. But regardless of which one you choose to start your day with, what will really impact the brightness of your smile is how much you consume. As Sally Cram, DDS, told WebMD, “To really have that big of an effect, it’s really the frequency of intake that’s going to make the stain.”
So, as in all things, moderation is key. But if your love tea or coffee has already stained your teeth and dimmed your smile, don’t despair. H.A.B. Dental in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach offers cosmetic dentistry services that will brighten your smile.