Coffee and Tea stain teeth and weaken enamel – everyone knows this. We also know that in today’s fast-paced, stressful world, asking you to give up your teas and coffees for the sake of your teeth will most likely be met with an overwhelmingly negative response. Well, what if we told you that, by adding one ingredient to your favorite morning, afternoon and evening drink; you can severally decrease the staining on your teeth? That’s right. You can still enjoy your coffee, black tea, green tea, latte, and Americano and have bright, white teeth. The secret?
By adding a bit of milk to your coffee or tea, you significantly reduce the drinks ability to tarnish your teeth.
How it Works
Drinks like tea and coffee contain dark tannins, which is what adds the signature bitterness to the drinks. These tannins also leave a destructive residue on teeth that lead to staining and damage to your tooth’s enamel.
In a study published in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, a team of scientists placed human teeth in solutions of tea with and without milk. After being submerged in the solutions for 24 hours, they were removed and examined again.
The teeth were emerged in the tea without milk solution had stained significantly more than those placed in the tea and milk solution. The scientists found that casein, the main protein in milk, actually attaches to tannins and prevents staining.
What this Means for Your Cup of Joe
This means that, by adding milk to your tea and coffee, you are effectively disabling the chemicals that stain and weaken your teeth. So, add milk to your grocery list and enjoy your pearly whites.
Teeth Already Damaged by Years of Milk-less Tea and Coffee?
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International Journal of Dental Hygiene