So you’ve just purchased a brand new coffee machine and you’re excited to finally have fantastic tasting morning coffee, but you also don't want to live with stained teeth that may result.
Yes, coffee is just one of the things you should aim to avoid in keeping your pearly whites white, however it’s the staple morning beverage in many Australians day, so it will pay dividends to know (or how to NOT) use it wisely.
Sure, there are dozens of whitening products you could use, but they can be expensive and each one has wildly different results than the one beside it. Avoiding the stains is the best way to go – prevention is better than the cure.
Here are 7 things you can do to avoid getting coffee stains on your teeth(and no, none of them is directing you to drink less coffee!):
1. Drink Your Coffee Faster
Are you a slow coffee drinker? This might be what's causing the stains on your teeth. The faster you drink your coffee, the less time it has to sink into your teeth and leave a nasty stain.If you don’t fancy speeding up your coffee ritual, you can try drinking it through a straw (providing its not very hot!)
2. Rinse Your Mouth Out
You don't have to carry around mouthwash and use it every time you have a coffee, but rinsing your mouth out with water in the washroom when you've finished your cup can help prevent stains from settling on your teeth. May as well take care and floss while you’re at it.
3. Brush Your Teeth Immediately After Your Morning Coffee
It isn't realistic for most people to brush their teeth at lunch time when they're at work, but if you have coffee with breakfast you can make a point of brushing your teeth immediately afterwards. You should be brushing twice a day anyway!
You could even try using a whitening toothpaste, however as we mention here it will not whiten your teeth, only help in maintaining + fighting off stains
4. Floss Thoroughly
Many people floss quickly, eager to get it over with and get through brushing their teeth before they go out or go to bed. Take your time when you're flossing and make sure you're truly thorough. Your teeth will thank you.
5. Always Use Antibacterial Mouthwash
Antibacterial mouthwash has a bigger impact than most people think, helping you fight plaque and other stain-causing germs. Make sure you always use antibacterial mouthwash when you brush your teeth to have the greatest chance of avoiding stains.
6. Drink More Water
If you live in NSW the tap water in your area is probably fluoridated. Fluoride has been shown to protect teeth and prevent cavities. It can also help prevent coffee stains on your teeth. Of course, there are also a number of other benefits of drinking water, far too many to delve into in this article.
7. Brush With Baking Soda
Don't use a whitening toothpaste? Add a little bit of baking soda to your regular toothpaste or make a whitening paste with baking soda and water. Do this once or twice a week to keep your teeth nice and white.
As you are probably aware - you don't have to give up coffee to have nice, white teeth. All you need to do is make sure you protect them and clean them regularly. For more dental tips visit our homepage