Teeth-Staining Nature of Tea


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Teeth-Staining Nature of Tea

Postby Matcha/mate.ent... » Nov 26th, '10, 23:20

I have heard of and personally experienced the teeth-staining properties of tea. Recently my mother, who is also a tea enthusiast, was wondering how to mitigate/counter this. Has anyone else experienced similar effects associated with chronic tea drinking, and what does everyone here use to reverse/counter this?
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Re: Teeth-Staining Nature of Tea

Postby entropyembrace » Nov 26th, '10, 23:21

Just brush with baking soda based toothpaste.
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Re: Teeth-Staining Nature of Tea

Postby woozl » Nov 26th, '10, 23:36

don't drink tea :)
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Re: Teeth-Staining Nature of Tea

Postby tortoise » Nov 26th, '10, 23:43

woozl wrote:don't drink tea :)

:shock:
Noooooo!
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Re: Teeth-Staining Nature of Tea

Postby TubbyCow » Nov 27th, '10, 00:15

Just think of it as seasoning your teeth!
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Re: Teeth-Staining Nature of Tea

Postby Peacock » Nov 27th, '10, 20:17

My dentist told me to rinse my mouth with water once I'm done drinking tea. Might help.. since the tea doesn't sit in your mouth.
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Re: Teeth-Staining Nature of Tea

Postby rabbit » Nov 28th, '10, 14:43

woozl wrote:don't drink tea :)



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Re: Teeth-Staining Nature of Tea

Postby Chip » Nov 28th, '10, 15:08

Someone once posted, wait around 30 minutes after brushing to drink tea, this allows a coating to form on your teeth. Sounded gross at the time, but makes some sense.
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Re: Teeth-Staining Nature of Tea

Postby alan logan » Nov 28th, '10, 16:07

there are many reasons why color might change, tea is not that staining (although the "black teas", lipton type, really are). as we age our enamel gets thinner, revealing by transparency the color of dentine underneath. and then it depends on how porous (or little porous) and how thick the enamel initially was.
In other words don't worry, one day we will all be old and toothless :mrgreen:
anyway, until then may I suggest
-souak
-olive oil
-a very smooth brush + good technique
-white clay reduced in ultrathin particles
-calcium carbonate : very moderately abrasive, can be mixed. maybe not everyday.
- montmorillonite clay paste used as a teethmask (apply it, leave it for 5mn then spit it as elegantly as you can and rinse)

baking soda is significantly abrasive
bleaching is the worst idea in the world : makes dentist rich but also makes enamel more fragile.
anything acid is not a good idea.

I like weleda toothpastes, work well and good composition. the salted one yet I am not keen on; vegetal (green packaging) is my favorite.

I rinse with warm spring water. sometimes add an hydrosol, but not if it may interfere with tea flavors. emusion of warm spring water and olive oil is also a good rinse.
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Re: Teeth-Staining Nature of Tea

Postby beforewisdom » Nov 28th, '10, 16:33

I don't know if I am right but I heard that brushing with baking soda can strip down your teeth -- not a good thing.
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Re: Teeth-Staining Nature of Tea

Postby entropyembrace » Nov 28th, '10, 17:24

straight up baking soda could sand down your teeth because it´s made of small crystals and is not very water soluble...so if you take baking soda out of the box and try brushing with that it´s very mechanically abrasive.

A good toothpaste with sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) in it isn´t going to be nearly that abrasive.
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Re: Teeth-Staining Nature of Tea

Postby tortoise » Dec 2nd, '10, 13:44

It is important to remember that tea is not the sole culprit of stained teeth.
I believe the most nefarious stainer of all is wine. Smoking of course. Coffee. You lose enamel as you age. Also, just years of eating and drinking anything can have an effect. Tea does stain, of course, but it has many partners in crime.

Like Chip said, and confirmed by my dentist, teeth are most sensitive to staining right after brushing. I can't remember why, though.
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Re: Teeth-Staining Nature of Tea

Postby IPT » Dec 2nd, '10, 14:02

I don't have this problem. I take my teeth out every night and soak them. It keeps them nice and white.

Hey! Who said stop drinking tea!!!!! :evil: :x :evil:
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