is there a tea that won’t stain my teeth?

I’m hoping to start whitening my teeth in the next week, but first I need to commit to not drinking coffee for the 10 days it takes to whiten. My teeth will be more susceptible to staining during the whitening process. I hate to admit it, but I’m definitely addicted to caffeine. If I don’t drink a cup o’ joe in the morning, I have a headache by the afternoon. While I know breaking my caffeine addiction is a project in and of itself, I’d like avoid quitting caffeine cold turkey for the time being. We’ve talked tea here on Shelterrific before, but does anyone have a suggestion for a highly caffeinated and light-colored tea? –Erica P.

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j

Any fermented, black tea will stain your teeth. I’ve never had green tea stain my teeth, though, but I don’t know if the caffeine content will be up to what you want. It’s done well for me.

One thing you could do is take excedrin when you start getting the headache (or before). It has caffeine in it. I bring it with me when camping to avoid coffee headaches.

You might try yerba mate. I’ve never tried it before, but it is supposedly a light colored highly caffeinated herb. j is right that any sufficiently caffeinated ‘traditional’ tea will be dark in color.

Another option I’ve heard to avoid staining teeth is to drink through a straw. Yes, that’s a little weird with warm beverages, but it could be an option.

Aimee

sadly, tea stains are much more difficult to remove from teeth. My dentist just gave me that sad fact the other day.

Green tea will do the job, or an Oolong tea if you need more caffeine.

Iced anything coffee/tea with a straw will also help.

laila

I agree with PlantingOaks, a straw can really help! You can’t drink super hot beverages, but it could help when you really need your fix.

Green oolong (not fermented/black oolong) is my favorite green tea.

I wouldnt give up coffee, what I would do is buy some hydrogen Peroxide from a pharmacist and after a cuppa, stick your toothbrish in it and brush your teeth. This is what my dentist suggested. but dont brush for too long by your gums or they go a bit white over time!

Jaymie

I was going to suggest basically what Caroline said, mine was mostly just to brush after drinking your cup but I like her idea better

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If it was a long term issue, then I’d be more worried about it … there’s no way I could give up tea for ever.

But for a short spell like this? I think caffeine tablets are the way to go.