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Coffee isn’t really an option. I wake up at 5:45 every morning and I’m on my computer by 6 A.M.
There’s no freaking way I’m getting through the morning without that inspiring, empowering essence. Heck, I’m even drinking some right now as I write this (well, it’s cold brew, so close enough).
That being said, it’s not like it doesn’t come with it’s drawbacks. It dehydrates you, it throws off your sleep schedule, it can wire you like a clown and it can stain your teeth.
Big. Yellow. Stains.
So what can be done about coffee stained teeth? How does it even stain our teeth in the first place? Is it any different than just a regular drink? We decided to find out the reasons why coffee stains teeth and pulled together a list on how to remove coffee stains from your teeth.
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The Muck And Stuff
So the not-super-awesome part about it is yes, coffee does stain your teeth. Here’s the breakdown of what happens:
First, tooth enamel isn’t smooth. That hard, protective outer coating of your teeth – that’s your enamel. It keeps all of the bad stuff from getting to the dental pulp. That’s the sensitive inner part of your tooth where all the important things are.
Anyhow, while your enamel may look and feel smooth, it’s actually pretty bumpy when you look at it under a microscope. The problem with this is that it’s not too hard for little particles and things to get stuck in there. And guess what’s got lots of little particle and things?
The major reason you’ll get stains on your teeth is because pigments from dark colored drinks, such as coffee, can get embedded in the cracks and ridges of your tooth enamel. That stuff stays there and starts to stain the darn things. The longer they stay there, the longer they stain. The longer they stain, the worse the color gets.
That’s when the gross stuff starts happening, like getting brown stains on your teeth and such.
“But wait!” you say. I drink coffee with creamer and it’s a much lighter color – that helps, right? Unfortunately not. All the particles and pigments in that beautiful, livening elixir are there whether you drink it black or throw the whole creamer tub in there. You’ll still have the same problems as everyone else.
What’s The Cure, Doctor?
So, what do we do? Millions of people are practically sustained entirely by the delicious (or not so delicious, depending on where you get it) brew and they all need answers! Well, we looked around and came up with the best ideas that we could.
There are really two different things you can do if you’re wondering how to remove coffee stains from your teeth. You can modify your lifestyle or you can buy some supplementary products. We’ve put together a collection of both so you can look around and decide how to combat this terrible plight on your teeth.
First, let’s look at lifestyle changes.
Change Your Life Around
So, all ready to change your life around entirely to keep coffee from staining your teeth? Probably not, but here we go anyways. Really though, a lot of these are pretty minor adjustments that you can make. The difference it can have on your coffee stained teeth can be pretty powerful as well, so don’t discount any of these guys. Alright, let’s get to it:
1. Don’t Drink Coffee
Okay okay, we said it. Honestly, the best way to keep from getting coffee stained teeth is to not drink it, seriously.
There are quite a few drinks out there that can help you wake up in the morning, so we really do encourage you to take a gander and see what else is out there.
2. Minimize Drinking Time
Every time you eat or drink something, the rule of thumb is that the stuff you just ate/drank stays in your mouth for about 20 minutes.
If you’re a casual sipper (like me) then you’re pretty much reapplying those coffee pigments to your teeth every few minutes for hours on end.
It’d be a better idea (for your teeth at least) to try and concentrate your coffee drinking more specifically. Perhaps go for three smaller cups of coffee throughout the morning to try and help remove coffee stains from your teeth.
3. Drink More Water
Yup, just pump yourself full of that H2O. The more water you drink, the more you’re rinsing your teeth off and getting those pigments out of there.
And let’s be honest, you’re probably not drinking enough water as it is. As it is, two-thirds of American’s don’t drink enough as it is.
Additionally, your energy levels are very closely related to your diet and your hydration. If you’re dehydrated (which you probably are) then you’ll most definitely feel more tired. So get a new water bottle and start drinking more water! Get some of the flavored stuff if you need to.
4. Chew Sugar-Free Gum
Our all-around useful protip for a lot of oral health related issues is to eat sugar-free gum. It helps to stimulate saliva production which does a similar thing to drinking water – rinses your teeth.
It also helps to wash out enamel eating bacteria, help your breath and (obviously) aids with dry-mouth issues. It doesn’t taste as amazing, but regular gum only tastes good for the first five minutes anyways.
Grab yourself a bit of sugar-free gum to chomp on and it’ll definitely help get rid of those coffee stains.
5. Brush Afterwards
This one takes a bit more commitment but with that comes a serious impact on oral health. Just brush your teeth after you’re done drinking coffee.
Really, it’s pretty sweet.
It’ll help whiten your teeth more (even if you’re not using a whitening toothpaste), it’ll help your breath (and with it your confidence), it’ll keep stains away, promote healthy teeth, etcetera, etcetera. And it only takes like two minutes.
And you don’t have to work when you’re doing it.
Not a bad situation. If you’re worried about your toothbrush getting dirty at the office, go ahead and pick up one of those portable toothbrushes and just keep them in your desk. While your at it, grab one of those adorable little mini-toothpaste containers and stick it in there too.
6. Use A Straw
We’re a bit embarrassed to put this one here, but it’ll help prevent those coffee stained teeth pretty well. If you use a straw, the coffee will bypass all of those pearly whites and go strait down to your stomach to power you up.
Bam, problem solved.
The biggest problem is that you might get a few strange looks at the office, but hey, just own it. They’ll all be super jealous of your super white teeth after a few weeks anyways.
The Other Stuff
Not into drinking coffee through a straw? We don’t blame ya.
The reality is though, if you’re drinking coffee you’re going to get coffee stained teeth – no way around that. The only other way aside from lifestyle changes is to get stuff that’s going to whiten your teeth i.e. whitening products.
Lucky for you, there’s a ton of companies eager to sell that stuff to you.
Yay, spending money!
What works best is really just a matter of how you want to go about removing coffee stains from your teeth. There’s mouthwashes, toothpastes, whitening strips, whitening treatments, deals with the devil, etc. All kinds of options. Peruse our list below and take a look!
There’s two things to know about Crest Whitestrips:
They work, and they’re expensive.
If you don’t mind dropping a bit of extra dough on getting your teeth white, this is one of the best ways to do it aside from going to the dentist Just pop these suckers on for about half an hour a day and you’ll see improvement in about two weeks.
The only other thing to watch out for is a bit of sensitivity. If your teeth start getting a bit more sensitive, lay off the Crest Whitestrips a tad and maybe look for a sensitivity focused toothpaste.
Otherwise, say goodbye to those coffee stained teeth!
Pretty obviously there are tons of whitening toothpaste options out there. If that’s your angle, there’s a couple pretty exceptional toothpaste options out there you can use.
- Arm And Hammer Whitening: This is what I use personally. It tastes a bit… baking soda-y, but it works really well. That’s all that matters, right? …right!?
- Crest 3D White Toothpaste: We swear we’re not getting paid by Crest to say this stuff. They’ve just really focused on the teeth-whitening market over the last few years.
- Colgate Total Whitening: Another name brand, but another good product. Lots of people have seen pretty fantastic results from the Colgate Total Whitening toothpaste.
- Sensodyne Pronamel Whitening: For those of you with sensitive teeth, this guys for you. Whitening plus sensitivity protection!
Teeth Whitening Kit
No pain, no gain, right? Well, if you’re looking for the most powerful solution, look towards teeth whitening kits. They’re going to give you the biggest bang for your buck, that’s for sure.
The problems with teeth whitening kits is twofold: first, they require you to sit for between 15 and 30 minutes with a bunch of goup in your mouth. You’ll pour this stuff into what’s basically a mouth-guard and it’ll sit there and whiten your teeth for however long you have a go at it.
The second problem is that you’re dealing with some stronger chemicals. Just proceed slowly and with caution. As with all whitening products, make sure to watch for teeth sensitivity. Also, it’d be a good idea to talk with your dentist about it just to get her/his opinion.
Other than that, you’ll see some pretty bangin’ results after a few weeks of using this stuff. You can’t get much more powerful!
Coffee Stained Teeth Wrap-Up
So there we are – that’s the best we’ve come up with. If you drink coffee, you’re gonna get stains. That’s cool though, cuz’ there are tons of ways of getting those stains out. Whether you choose a few specific lifestyle changes or decide to try out some new products, you’ll conquer this beast. We know it!
As per usual, if we made any huge mistakes or missed anything big definitely let us know. You can drop a comment below or contact us. Good luck getting rid of those coffee stains!