Good News: Having Milk On Your Tea Could Whiten Your Teeth Even More

A bright, healthy smile can boost your self-confidence. Additionally, keeping your mouth clean helps you avoid various infections and diseases.

Teeth are naturally white or off-white in color, but build-up from foods and drinks such as coffee and tea over time canstain the white color and turn teeth yellowish and discolored.

As tea is the second most consumed drink in the world, the way it’s processed affects how teeth are stained. The more the tea is processed or oxidized, the higher its staining properties are.

Fortunately, for tea lovers, your afternoon cup of tea could be a more effective teeth whitener than whitening toothpaste or bleaching products.

The new study published in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene found that the milk you add to your tea can actually prevent your teeth from staining.

Dr. Ava Chow placed extracted human teeth into a controlled solution of just tea and a solution of tea with milk.

After leaving the teeth in the solutions for 24 hours, her team took color readings, the protein found in milks, binds with the tannins in tea to prevent staining.

The results they found showed that casein is the component of milk that is responsible for the reduction of tea-induced staining.

Theaflavins and thearubigins, the dark tooth staining molecules that love to stick to teeth, also have a very high affinity for milk proteins called caseins that are found in animal milks.

This binding between milk proteins and theaflavins/thearubigins is enhanced by milk fats, so the higher the fat content in the milk you add the greater the stain reduction.

Dr. Chow said. “The magnitude of the color change observed in our experiments is comparable to the color change seen by vital bleaching products and more effective than whitening toothpastes.”

Unfortunately, this effect on staining doesn't apply to soy, rice, almond, or any other type of non-animal milk (using non-animal milks may actually cause more staining), but it will work a bit with creamers because they contain small amounts of caseins.

The bottom line is choose whatever tastes good to you, but know that cow milk or any other animal milk with a high fat content will give the greatest reduction in staining.

(Source: HealthDigezt)
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