Does Creamer Reduce the Stains of Drinking Coffee?
Posted on 12/7/2020 by Dr. J. Derek Tieken
Many of our patients wonder if they can drink coffee with creamer to reduce problems with staining. While milk will help in this respect, they wonder if creamer will also dilute coffee and prevent stains too.
Can I Add Creamer to Reduce Coffee Stains?
Unfortunately, a coffee creamer is not a dairy product and therefore is different from milk when it comes to avoiding the stains created by coffee. Therefore, instead of adding creamer, which is made primarily with corn syrup solids, sodium caseinate, and hydrogenated vegetable oil, it is better to use milk if you wish to reduce coffee stains. When milk is added to coffee, it not only lightens the color of the brew, it provides teeth with protection from coffee's staining acids - that is, as long as the milk comes from an animal. The protein in cow's milk binds to the coffee's polyphenols, which do not attach to and stain the teeth, but move on to the digestive tract. Therefore, you cannot add a plant-based milk, such as soy milk, or a creamer, and get the same effect.
What Else Can I Do to Prevent Coffee Stains?
Besides adding milk, you may want to change how you drink your coffee. Actually, it is better to sip the coffee through a start than drink it directly from a cup or thermos. By sipping the liquid through a straw, you avoid washing it over the teeth, and keep it toward the back of your mouth. While it may seem a little bit different, drinking hot coffee through a straw is one of the best ways to keep the beverage's polyphenols from staining your teeth. Also, coffee that is decaffeinated has fewer stain-causing polyphenols. Therefore, the less caffeinated the coffee, the less problem with staining.
If you currently have coffee stains that need to be removed, we can help. Give us a call about scheduling a professional cleaning and exam.
Beautifully written and very informative
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