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Dealing with teeth staining caused by coffee/tea

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 29, 2010 at 7:07 AM

Coffee and tea stain teeth, over time, turning them yellow/brownish.

Ok, I know they're not strictly paleo (and healthwise, doubtful at best), but short of giving these beverages up completely, what are some ways to minimise the staining effect (which is a purely aesthetic problem, as far as I know)?

Currently my strategy is to brush my teeth immediately after consuming my daily cup of coffee (I only have 1 cup a day), or if that's not possible, at least rinse them with plenty of water. I've heard of lemon juice and hydrogen peroxide rinses, but never tried these, as I'm worried they might have some negative effect on tooth enamel...

[Note: according to this http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11853508 and this http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18001036, coffee has some antibacterial and antiadhesive properties which might actually prove good for dental health, so maybe the stains are worth it even if they're not easy to get rid of...]

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on November 15, 2011
at 04:31 PM

Ah ha, good to know, always wondered what oil pulling was, too lazy to look it up! Thanks!

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on November 15, 2011
at 02:31 PM

You have to swish the oil around your mouth for 20 minutes at which it begins to pull excessive metals and toxins from your blood stream. The last thing you want to do is swallow them if you just spent 20 minutes taking them out.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on November 14, 2011
at 11:06 PM

So if you add coconut oil to your coffee do the two cancel each other out? Or with coconut pulling do you spit out the oil?

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on June 21, 2011
at 06:39 AM

Lemon juice is a bad idea for teeth whitening. It's just going to screw up your enamel and you could very well end up with worse looking teeth.

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on January 15, 2011
at 09:30 PM

Ben, I've noticed this, too. I started with sea salt and baking soda, and then, went to baking soda alone. I also use a fancy toothbrush, battery-powered. Philips Sonicare. It was expensive, but much better than the lesser ones I had tried.

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on June 02, 2010
at 02:51 PM

Thanks! I'd thought of plastic straws but wasn't too keen on sucking a hot liquid through plastic (who knows what substances may get released), so I like your idea of a *glass* straw. Should be quite inert, and is probably more eco-friendly as well since it can be re-used indefinitely.

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on May 29, 2010
at 03:07 PM

I have found that using a glass straw to drink my loose-leaf Japanese green tea is the best way to avoid stains without giving up this beverage.

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on June 02, 2010
at 02:51 PM

Thanks! I'd thought of plastic straws but wasn't too keen on sucking a hot liquid through plastic (who knows what substances may get released), so I like your idea of a *glass* straw. Should be quite inert, and is probably more eco-friendly as well since it can be re-used indefinitely.

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on November 14, 2011
at 05:50 PM

With your current strategy of brushing after coffee, I suggest waiting at least 15 minutes because the acid in tea or coffee does ST damage to your enamel, and it takes about 15 minutes for it to restore itself.

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on May 29, 2010
at 01:06 PM

Ask if your DDS has a ultra-sonic tooth cleaner. My father is a DDS, and it seems like pretty standard equipment now a days. It cleans stains extremely well, 100% removal in my experience with no 3rd party whitening/staining chemicals used.

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on March 02, 2013
at 04:50 PM

My dentist gave me something called MI PASTE to remineralize my teeth. I was having extreme sensitivity. I LOVE it. I just rub it on with my finger after brushing teeth. There is a fluoride and non-fluoride version. It has totally taken away the sensitivity, AND whitened my teeth. My teeth were starting to look not just yellow, but almost translucent. Slowly they are becoming hard and white again. It's not a dramatic effect (takes time) but you are building your teeth back up, rather than stripping them (which is what most whiteners do).

http://www.mi-paste.com/apply.php

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on November 14, 2011
at 02:45 AM

I second that; drinking through a straw is best.

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on January 31, 2011
at 08:48 PM

I like electric tooth brush and baking soda. I also swish some coconut oil...weird but seems to work??

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on September 27, 2010
at 10:55 PM

although i dont use it daily nowadays, for about one month i brushed every night with a 1:4 parts mix of redmond sea salt and baking soda. Simply dip a moistened toothbrush in the mix and brush like normal.

Both the salt and the baking soda are working simply as abrasives or surfectants, rather than chemically, according to what i've listened to, by the way.

At any rate, i definitely notice, and elicited at least a few comments, that my teeth looked whiter.

D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

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on January 15, 2011
at 09:30 PM

Ben, I've noticed this, too. I started with sea salt and baking soda, and then, went to baking soda alone. I also use a fancy toothbrush, battery-powered. Philips Sonicare. It was expensive, but much better than the lesser ones I had tried.

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on September 27, 2010
at 10:13 PM

I've heard that strawberries are supposed to help whiten teeth. Looks like you can combine with baking soda for a paleo-friendly treatment!

http://living.health.com/2008/02/21/how-to-whiten-your-teeth-naturally/

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on May 29, 2010
at 11:32 AM

If you're looking to do it the most natural way, maybe baking soda is the best option for brushing? I don't know if I'd go so far as to call it Paleo.

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on March 02, 2013
at 09:02 PM

3% Hydrogen peroxide gargle once or twice a week works for me. May want to get a cleaning first.

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on March 02, 2013
at 05:44 PM

Oil pulling with coconut oil!

Just gargle coconut oil for twenty minutes after drinking your coffee, then spit it out!

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on March 02, 2013
at 04:18 PM

Get a cleaning from a hygienist. You'll have a smoother tooth surface. And smoother surfaces are the easiest to keep clean. You could even tell the hygienist that's your purpose and maybe you'll get a little extra polish and shine worked in even between the teeth.

Peroxide works, too, just be careful if you have any fillings and follow-up with some coconut oil and/or xylitol so your newly white teeth can remineralize while the stains are not there. Sounds kooky, but I watched a pin-hole cavity with confirmed depth close-up on that routine so now I have to be the one tell people about that and risk sounding kooky.

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on November 14, 2011
at 03:48 AM

Consider Britesmile or one of the other blue-light, intense-whitening technologies for which "cosmetic dentists" charge arms and legs. I would, if the alternative were to give up coffee. Not a freaking chance of the latter, not in this lifetime, not on this planet.

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on November 14, 2011
at 12:34 AM

http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/article%20oil%20pulling.htm

I've been Oil Pulling after it was recommended on one of my questions and it seems to be working. I haven't been consistent with it but I'm now giving it a 30 day challenge. Probably the most paleo solution to the issue. You also get the bonus of a way to eliminate heavy metal toxins.

http://paleohacks.com/questions/22615/teeth-whitening#axzz1dcCkebxR

I found this in the comments on my question. Thought it was worth mentioning:

http://fondalashay.com/mintchilli/why-i-dont-use-toothpaste

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on November 14, 2011
at 11:06 PM

So if you add coconut oil to your coffee do the two cancel each other out? Or with coconut pulling do you spit out the oil?

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on November 15, 2011
at 04:31 PM

Ah ha, good to know, always wondered what oil pulling was, too lazy to look it up! Thanks!

6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on November 15, 2011
at 02:31 PM

You have to swish the oil around your mouth for 20 minutes at which it begins to pull excessive metals and toxins from your blood stream. The last thing you want to do is swallow them if you just spent 20 minutes taking them out.

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