preventing staining of teeth?


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May 30, 2006
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Is it possible to prevent teeth being stained?

This may seem weird, but I have this method where I try to push the coffee back to the back of my mouth under my tongue (not the way I generally drink). Will this help somewhat in preventing teeth staining? I realize there would still be some residue.

What's your opinion on this? :-D



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May 15, 2005
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Hahahaha, I've always wondered about that too b/c I use to do the same. I think someone once told me if you drink water and swirl it around your mouth right after you drink coffee that it'll help stop or lessen the staining.


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Mar 29, 2005
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I think I'm the weirdest yet - I drink coffee through a straw. Hot, cold, lattes, mochas and black - I drink it all through a straw.
I have noticed on the instances when a straw is not available to me, that my teeth actually feel different from when I do use a straw, of course, it's probably all in my head. Either way, my teeth are in good shape considering the copious amounts of coffee and nicotine I consume.


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Mar 23, 2007
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[quote:d56c005170=\"cuppED\"]Hahahaha, I''ve always wondered about that too b/c I use to do the same. I think someone once told me if you drink water and swirl it around your mouth right after you drink coffee that it''ll help stop or lessen the staining.[/quote:d56c005170]
The only thing about that is it completly destroys the thing I love about espressos. The after taste. it''s like I am still drinking coffee even after I am done :)


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Oct 18, 2006
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My teeth used to really stain badly inbetween trips to the dental Hygenist. I always thought it was coffee and tea doing it. Certainly cutting down on them helped a bit.

I found out later though that the bigger problem is if you smoke as well, it encourages the coffee and tea to stain more for some reason. I quit smoking nearly 6.5 years ago and I don't get the staining problem any more.

If you smoke, possibly this is whats making it worse....if you don't smoke :roll:....I dunno....use a straw?


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Sep 20, 2011
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Even with 2 cups a day religiously, I haven't had any staining issues, given I brush my teeth twice a day. I would also recommend using a straw if you want to be absolutely certain your teeth aren't coming in contact with the coffee/tea/etc.


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Mar 7, 2012
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Keep your teeth clean

Floss. Ever notice how stained teeth look worse around the edges? That's because the plaque (a thin, nearly invisible layer of bacteria and food debris) that accumulates between teeth and at the gum line attracts stains like a magnet. Limit plaque with flossing, and you'll fight stains, too.

Quit smoking.

Be wise about beverages.

Use a straw.

Use stain-removing toothpastes with caution

Don't get creative. Brushing with baking soda can scratch composite resins and porcelain veneers (which are used to make crowns and other types of tooth restorations). Scratches on these materials pick up stains more readily.



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Feb 28, 2008
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I've tried sipping hot coffee through a plastic straw, and it makes the coffee taste like plastic. Even the plastic coffee stirrers, that are meant for hot items, make the coffee taste funny. Maybe my taste buds are more sensitive than most people. I also have a problem with drinking coffee out of styrofoam cups.

I'll continue to use dental floss and a whitening toothpaste.



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Sep 7, 2012
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It's not really difficult one for anybody. You just avoid drinks, which leave stains. You must use proper teeth whitener or whitening gel. You can also stop smoking and other bad habits like biting your nails.