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How to Prevent Coffee Stains on Teeth

5 Ways Dentists Keep Coffee From Staining Their Teeth

How to Prevent Coffee Stains on Teeth
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Coffee has some serious perks, beyond the obvious. Research shows that it may lower your risk for diabetes and heart disease and even help you live longer. But it can also be damaging to your teeth. "As a general rule of thumb, anything your mom would yell at you for spilling on a white tablecloth (things like coffee, tea, and red wine) will stain your teeth, too," Dr. Matthew Messina, DDS, a consumer advisor for the American Dental Association and assistant professor at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, told POPSUGAR. That's because all of these staining substances contain tannins — compounds found in plants that more readily stick to surfaces, including your teeth.

The good news: your dentist doesn't expect you to stop drinking coffee — in fact, a lot of them drink it themselves — and if you practice good oral hygiene, staining should be a nonissue. Here, coffee-loving dentists share their tips on how to enjoy a cup without messing up those pearly whites.

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