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Can drinking too much tea stain teeth or damage my teeth?

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When I drink cold water...
Can drinking too much tea stain teeth or damage my teeth? When I drink cold water my teeth hurt and I drink lots of hot tea.
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Hi, there! Tea will definitely cause superficial staining of the teeth. This will usually polish off or bleach away pretty easily.

As far as damaging the teeth, if you are drinking very acidic tea, you could be causing some enamel erosion or thinning, which would make them more sensitive. Hot tea can also cause microscopic cracks in the enamel if it is drunk right after eating or drinking something cold. It's not the hot tea itself that damages the enamel, but the temperature difference between very cold and very hot that is dangerous.

Does that make sense?

Dr. Lara

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