There is nothing better than as delicious cup of coffee to start your morning or maybe relaxing cup of tea in the afternoon to end your day. But if your teeth aren’t as pearly white as you wish, you may have wondered if that cup of coffee or tea has contributed to the discoloration of your teeth.

The truth is that as we age our enamel changes. Our enamel goes from being smooth to having little crevices and fine lines where pigments can start to cling to. Coffee and tea both have tannins, which is a plant based compound. This compound makes it easier for stains to stick to our teeth. In addition, the acid levels of both coffee and tea make the tooth enamel rougher over time.

Your probably thinking coffee stains your teeth worse. Surprisingly, tea has higher tannins and acid levels which make tea worse for staining teeth.

Does this mean you have to quit drinking coffee and tea? No. Changing your dental health routine may help keep your smile bright. Brushing your teeth regularly, as well as, rinsing your mouth after drinking tea or coffee will help.

Visiting the dentist on a regular basis will help smooth out those fine lines on your enamel where pigments could stick. Lastly, for those stubborn stains you can always visit your dentist to have a dental whitening treatment.