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Why Coffee Stains Your Teeth
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Posted on 3/20/2023 by Dr. VanBrunt
Image of a cup of coffee.Certain meals and drinks are more likely to leave stains than others. To put it another way, everything that can leave a stain on your clothing may also leave a stain on your teeth. Beverages such as coffee and tea are included in this category. However why, does coffee cause teeth to get stained?

Coffee comprises a diverse assortment of over a thousand chemicals, the majority of which are accountable for the tastes and fragrances you like most. Caffeine is responsible for coffee's stimulating effects and provides the energy you need to take on the day, which is the component that most of us are acquainted with. However, coffee also includes various oils and tannins, which add to its texture and taste. These oils and tannins are responsible for the staining of teeth caused by coffee use.

Coffee Contains Chemicals Which Stain Your Teeth


Tannins are a chemical that falls under the category of polyphenols. Tannins can connect with various molecules, and they got their name from being used in the tanning process to transform animal skins into leather. Naturally, they are exactly as effective as one another in staining your teeth, and the acidic nature of coffee damages tooth enamel, which makes it easier for stains to develop.

Even worse, the oils in the coffee assist the tannins clinging to the surfaces of the teeth and tongue, which may worsen the stains on your teeth and contribute to unpleasant breath. When you drink coffee with cream and sugar, you encourage the development of germs that may lead to tooth disease. This is especially true for children.

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