Brushing: Your first plan of attack
The primary cause of a tooth stain is plaque accumulation, so brushing your teeth with whitening toothpaste and seeing your dentist for regular cleanings are the best ways to prevent ugly coffee stains. By the way: Are you making these tooth-brushing mistakes?
Don’t forget to floss. Seriously.
Let’s be honest: It’s hard to floss as regularly as dentists want you to. But setting aside a few minutes to floss every day can make a big impact on your oral health. It gets rid of plaque generally, and plaque attracts stains. Brushing alone doesn’t remove all the bacteria in your mouth. Whatever’s left over could harden and turn into tartar, which can cause infections.
Use a straw
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Less liquid touches your teeth when you drink it through a straw. And that means the coffee has less opportunity to stain your teeth. Using a straw comes more naturally to iced coffee drinkers, but it works for hot coffee too.