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Coffee, Tea and your Teeth Marietta, GA

Coffee, Tea and your Teeth

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With changing leaves and crisp morning air, 'tis the season… of hot chocolates, pumpkin spice lattes, macchiatos, coffees, and black teas! These lovely drinks warm our hands and our hearts, a staple of cold weather. In fact, for most of us that morning caffeine fix is a necessity that continues in various forms throughout the day–be it coffee, tea, or cola. However, it should come as no surprise that the things we eat and drink can stain our teeth. Unfortunately, when one begins to consider caffeinated beverage of choice and which will stain teeth less–coffee or tea–it can get rather confusing. To obtain a clear understanding, we should first take a look at the science behind the chemical compounds that cause coffee or tea to deposit stains.

First, what makes coffee stain?

Polyphenols are large molecules that contribute to aroma and color we associated with coffee. They also play a role in staining our teeth. During coffee roasting, the heat that is applied to the beans breaks down these polyphenols, thus the darker roasted coffee produces less tooth staining. This news is quite welcome for coffee drinkers out there!

What about tea? How does it compare to coffee?

One would think that since tea is not as dark as coffee, it would stain less. Nonetheless, it is tea, specifically black teas, which stain teeth more than coffe by a noteworthy amount. Why? Because while the polyphenols in coffee are broken down by heat, black teas achieve their color through oxidation–an enzymatic process during which the polyphenols combine to form larger, highly staining molecules that have an affinity for the protein pellicle of our teeth. This means the tea actually 'sticks' to our teeth better than coffee.

What to do about discolorations?

Notwithstanding, most of us are not going to give up our morning 'aahh' of coffee or tea. There are many options to reduce the staining on our teeth, or eliminate it altogether. Please stop by or call and ask us about what we can do to make your smile brighter!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

5.0 / 5.0

Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060

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