National Tea Day: How to Drink Tea and Keep Teeth White

National tea day is headed our way! On April 21, 2021, we expect the UK to drink more than 100 million cups of tea (which is how much we consume on an average day).

However, the tannins present in tea stain teeth—which means it might be possible to have too much tea.

Here are a few helpful pieces of advice if you want to indulge in as much tea as possible without sacrificing your pearly whites.

Add A Dash of Milk

Diluting your dark tea with a bit of milk or cream can help curb the adverse effects of drinking tea.

Drink with a Straw

If you're having hot tea, drinking with a straw may be out of the question. However, if you enjoy iced tea from time to time, using a straw for drinking can help reduce teeth staining by limiting the contact the tea has with your teeth.

Rinse with Water

After you drink tea, rinsing your mouth with water can help wash away any tea residue that threatens to stain your teeth. You don't need to rinse and spit—having a glass of water after a cup of tea can be enough. 

Try White Tea

Giving up black breakfast tea might be off the table, but you should still consider trying white tea. White tea is an underrated tea variety. It's minimally processed, light in colour, and less likely to stain teeth. You can also consider opting for herbal or green teas instead of black tea.

Consider Teeth Whitening Options

If your teeth are yellow from drinking tea, consider teeth whitening options. You don't need to give up drinking tea to have a whiter smile. You just need a little bit of help from one of our safe and professional at-home teeth whitening kits.