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What is the deal with coffee and tea?

We know a lot of people enjoy a hot brewed coffee or tea during their day. But what many do not know is that both coffee and tea are especially tough on your teeth, especially during orthodontic treatment, because tannic acid (the substance that makes the dark color) etches into the pits and grooves of tooth enamel, and can stain your pearly whites.

So, if you can not give up that morning cup of joe, what can you do? We suggest rinsing with a glass of water after every cup. If you enjoy iced coffee or tea, drink your beverage with a straw so that tannins do not make contact with your front upper and lower teeth. Even if you are not a big coffee drinker, we encourage you to swish some water at the end of each meal. Water, after all, helps neutralize acids left in your mouth after eating and also reduces cavity causing bacteria.

We hope this helps! Let us know if you have any questions!

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