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Is Tea Bad for Your Teeth?

Posted on 4/26/2021 by Dagon Jones DDS
Is Tea Bad for Your Teeth?You have probably heard that coffee and soda are bad for you. But have you ever noticed what tea does to the insides of a white porcelain cup? That's what's accumulating on your teeth enamel. With so many great health benefits to offer, tea also has some negative effects on your teeth.

At Davis Dental Practice, Our doctors and our doctors can guide you on how to prevent the negative effects of tea on your oral health.

Positive Effects of Tea on Your Teeth

Tea is rich in antioxidants that lower the risk for illness and diseases, including diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. It also offers some great oral health benefits as well. Many studies show how tea helps prevent calories by limiting bacteria action and decay-causing acid production in the mouth.

Both black and great tea contains fluoride that can prevent tooth decay, and if you use fluoridated water to prepare your brew, you can further mitigate the risk. Since tea plants are naturally green, they contain polyphenols, micronutrients that combat gum inflammation and disease. Green tea also reduces sulfur content in your mouth and reduces bad breath.

Negative Effects of Tea on Your Tooth

While tea is a nice addition to an overall healthy diet, it contains tannin, a yellow or brownish substance that can stain your teeth. Like most acids, they cause the tooth enamel to break down by bonding to it through oxidization. However, by maintaining good oral hygiene at home and regularly visiting our office for a cleanup, you can easily reduce your tea stains.

Moreover, since most tea brews are nearly tasteless, people add external flavors to make it more enjoyable. This includes lemon, sugar, honey, sweeteners, and artificial flavors, and all of these substances can erode your teeth and make you more prone to cavities.

For a routine dental exam and cleanup, we recommend visiting Our doctors and our doctors at Davis Dental Practice. To schedule an appointment with us, call us at (530) 756-5300 today.
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