Add Milk To Tea To Avoid Tooth Stains

tooth stainsIf you love to drink coffee or tea, you may have noticed that it tends to stain your teeth. There are many whitening methods out there to help, but a recent study has shown that adding milk to your tea may help to avoid tooth stains.

The study, which appeared in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, states that the way tea is processed is what leads to tooth stains. But the study also showed that milk can lower its power to discolor teeth. It may be because of the casein that is in the milk binding with the tannins in the tea which prevents the teeth from being stained.

The study was done using extracted human teeth. Some of the teeth were placed in a solution of tea while others were placed in tea mixed with milk. The teeth were left for 24 hours and the color of the teeth was recorded before and after. Results of the teeth in the tea mixed with milk showed less stains.

Adding Milk To Tea May Limit Staining|Dentistry Today

Seasonal Beverages Can Cause Tooth Decay

We all know that sugar can be a cause of tooth decay.  But some recent studies have shown that to be true even more with tooth decay rising at an alarming rate with sugar consumption. Seasonal beverages that contain pumpkin and spice and are very popular this time of year can be a huge source of extra sugar consumption.31213710-iced-coffee-with-straw-in-plastic-cup-for-take-aways  Many coffee shops all around have announced their delicious beverages, but you should be aware of the sugar content in many of these.

These warm, sweetened, coffee beverages may smell like pumpkin and even be the color of pumpkin, but unfortunately, in most cases the color and taste are a result of artificial flavoring and coloring. With fructose being the main ingredient in pumpkin spice syrup, these beverages are not a good choice if we are trying to keep our teeth free of cavities.

Dentists everywhere who are concerned about the increasing rates of tooth decay as a result of sugar consumption have warned that consumers should be wary of seasonal beverages like the pumpkin spice latte.  In most cases, they have very little positive nutritional value.

Seasonal Beverages With High Sugar Content Raise Tooth Decay Concerns | Liberty Voice

How Drinking Coffee Can Help Your Teeth

We often hear that drinking coffee is bad for your teeth.  We’ve even written articles here on this blog about how it is one of the worst liquids for stainin30447928-cup-of-cappucino-and-cakes-isolatad-on-white-backgroundg teeth. But recent studies have found that there are actually good things that coffee can do for your teeth as well. Coffee is a source of antioxidants that can curb tooth loss due to gum disease. This provides protective effects against periodontal disease.  To learn more about this study and the effects of coffee on teeth, see the article here:

Foods You Should Avoid For Better Teeth and Breath

Brushing, flossing and mouthwash are all great things to help you keep your teeth and smile healthy and bright.  But there is one more thing you can do to help your teeth, consider what they’re chewing. The foods you eat and drink can stain and weaken your teeth and cause bad breath.  Listed below are some things that you should avoid if you want to have better teeth and breath.

Dark liquids, especially coffee – Teeth absorb colored liquids like coffee, tea, cola and wine.  Throughout your lifetime it will cause staining which is hard to remove. Coffee can also ruin your breath because it neutralizes the acid in your stomach and sends gastric juices up into your mouth which causes bad breath. If you can’t stay away from these liquids, brush after consu30422874-red-vibrant-strawberries-on-white-platter-outside-in-easter-sunming and be sure to get a dental cleaning every six months.

Onions and garlic – Most of us know that these two things can cause bad breath. Raw onions are worse than cooked. Garlic turns into proenyl sulfenic acid which gives you stinky breath.

Foods with seeds – Poppy, strawberry and sesame seeds can get lodged in between teeth.  Not only is this embarrassing if lodged in an obvious area, but seeds can also cause damage in hidden areas as they stay lodged there for a long time.  Be sure to floss and brush thoroughly if you have foods with seeds.

Corn on the cob – There is nothing better than a cob of fresh corn. But eating corn off the cob is hard on teeth and pieces inevitably get lodged causing bacteria build up.  Cutting it off the cob is much easier on your teeth.

Horseradish – Horseradish sauce gets its entire flavor from isothicyanate.  This is a chemical compound in the horseradish plant that has a scent so putrid, that it works as a natural defense against animals.  Imagine what it is doing to your breath!21261649-delicious-meat-kebabs-grilling-over-a-fire-on-a-portable-metal-barbecue-at-an-outdoor-picnic-or-on-a

Red Meat – Red meat often leaves a funny taste in your mouth and also gets wedged between teeth. Not to mention the sugary, clingy bbq sauce that may accompany the meat is a recipe for cavities.

What To Avoid For Better Teeth – And Breath | Yahoo Health

How a cup of black coffee stops your teeth from rotting

You’ve probably been told that drinking black coffee is bad for your teeth.  It’s true that it can cause yellowing of the teeth.  But some recent studies have shown that drinking strong, black coffee in moderation can actually help to stop tooth decay.20415913-small-white-porcelain-cup-of-hot-black-turkish-coffee-caramel-brown-sugar-crystals-small-stainless-s

Scientists from Rio de Janerio’s Federal University did some tests on extracted baby teeth by using an ingredient found in black coffe called coffea canephora.  This bean is used in 30 percent of coffee from around the world.  The study on the baby teeth showed bacterial breakdown in the teeth.  This helped prevent tooth decay.  If you want to read more about this study check out the article read more here: