Drinking tea can have both positive and negative effects on teeth.
Tea contains tannins which are known to cause stains on teeth, especially if you consume tea regularly or in large quantities. Teeth can be discolored by the pigments in tea, and this discoloration can be difficult to remove. However, drinking tea through a straw can help minimize contact between tea and teeth.
On the other hand, tea contains fluoride which can help to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent cavities. Some studies suggest that regular tea drinkers have a lower risk of tooth decay.
It’s important to note that the way tea is prepared and consumed can also affect its impact on teeth. Adding sugar or milk to tea increases the amount of sugar and calories consumed, which can lead to tooth decay.
It is recommended to rinse the mouth with water after drinking tea or other staining beverages, brush your teeth or chew sugar-free gum to neutralize the acidity and promote saliva flow.