It’s National Hot Tea Month! But before you go ahead and celebrate with a piping hot cup, know this: Tea may be worse for your teeth than coffee.
Tannin, the chemical compound that gives tea its color, can cause your pearly whites to yellow over time. Coffee also contains tannin, but to a lesser degree, making it the surprisingly better option for a morning pick-me-up.
That’s not to say you shouldn’t ever enjoy a hot cup of tea. There are ways to reduce teeth staining, so you can get the most out of National Hot Tea Month. Here are our top tips:
- Develop and maintain a good oral care routine
- Brush your teeth immediately after drinking a cup of tea
- If you can’t brush right away, drink a glass of water to remove some of the tannin left on your teeth
- Opt for herbal or green teas, which are less likely to cause stains
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