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Do Clear Beverages Still Cause Stains on Your Teeth?

Posted on 10/10/2019 by Dan Laizure
Do Clear Beverages Still Cause Stains on Your Teeth?Many people opt for white wine over red, green tea over black, mistakenly believing that the color of the wine is the only cause of staining. Despite this misconception, white wine—and other clear drinks—can dim your bright smile.

What Causes Staining?

As we age, our tooth enamel changes. Our teeth are a bit like porcelain; very durable, but sustaining small, hairline fractures over time. These micro-cracks form as a result of daily use, mainly in the crevices between our teeth, and are especially susceptible to staining.

The three main causes of tooth staining are acids, chromogens, and tannins. Acidity is defined by a pH level of 0. Fruit juices tend to be very acidic. Chromogens are heavily-pigmented chemical compounds commonly found in dark-colored drinks. Finally, tannins are compounds that increase chromogens' abilities to cling to the surface of the tooth.

Can Clear Drinks Have Tannin?

Some clear drinks, like white wine, contain tannin. The peels of fruits tend to contain tannin, so any fruit drinks made from fruit with peels may contain tannin. White grape juice, and ciders also contain tannin. Green tea, peppermint tea, and chamomile tea contain tannins as well. Even light beer contains tannins, as tannins are also found in grain bran.

One does not need eliminate tannin completely from the diet, but should try to consume it in moderation. Staining will occur over time, but can be removed before depreciating the surface of the tooth, at your biannual cleanings.

If you enjoy a cup of tea in the morning, it is important to attend your twice yearly appointments with us; our dentists will remove stains from your teeth, and keep you up-to-date on how best to keep your smile as bright and clear as possible.

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