How To Remove Coffee Stains From Teeth

Many coffee lovers rely on their favorite roast to start the day off right, but coffee is also notorious for staining your teeth.

While you can schedule professional cleanings or use at-home teeth whiting kits, another way is effective and less expensive.

We’ve done the research, and learning how to remove coffee stains from your teeth is easy and hassle-free if you follow these easy steps below.

What You’ll Need

You will need a few household items to remove coffee stains from your teeth.

Now that you have everything you need, read on to learn how to remove coffee stains from your teeth properly.

1. Wet Your Toothbrush

While this may seem obvious, the first thing you should do is wet your toothbrush with water.

The baking soda will not stick to your toothbrush unless it is wet, so, just like when you brush your teeth with toothpaste, you should start the removal of coffee stains from your teeth by wetting your toothbrush.

2. Measure the Baking Soda

Next, pour some baking soda into your hand or a small dish.

You only need about a dime’s worth, so don’t pour out very much.

Pro tip: Add hydrogen peroxide.

Baking soda is an excellent natural stain remover, but hydrogen peroxide can increase its effectiveness.

Together, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide stimulate the enamel of your teeth and work out the coffee stains on them.

If you want to increase the effectiveness of your baking soda to remove coffee stains from your teeth, add two drops of hydrogen peroxide to your baking soda.

Doing this should form a runny paste that you can then apply to your toothbrush.

3. Put the Baking Soda on your Toothbrush

As your toothbrush is already wet, press the bristles of your toothbrush into the baking soda to apply the baking soda to your toothbrush.

You may have to use your fingers to maneuver the baking soda until it stays on your toothbrush.

4. Brush your Teeth

Now you can brush your teeth with baking soda.

First, brush your teeth with the same care and vigor you usually do when you brush your teeth with toothpaste.

Once you have thoroughly brushed your teeth, allow the baking soda (and the hydrogen peroxide if you have chosen to use it) to sit on your teeth for 15-20 minutes.

Then, brush your teeth again with your regular toothpaste to remove any remnants of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide from your teeth.

Repeat this process twice a month to whiten your teeth and remove coffee stains from them.

This video demonstrates how to remove coffee stains from your teeth using baking soda.

0:32 — Pour a little baking soda into your hand.

0:45 – Wet your toothbrush with water.

0:55 – Apply the baking soda to your wet toothbrush.

1:31 – Brush your teeth like you usually would.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I prevent coffee stains on my teeth?

Even if you drink coffee, there are several things you can do to prevent coffee stains on your teeth.

The first is to establish and maintain an excellent dental hygiene habit.

If you do not already do so, you should brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day.

Then, to increase the effectiveness of your habit, switch from a manual toothbrush to an electric toothbrush.

The electric toothbrush can deliver more cleaning power and can help keep your gums and teeth healthier.

Second, you can alter how you drink your coffee.

Try to limit the amount of sugar and creamer you add to your coffee because both of these will increase the severity of coffee stains on your teeth.

Also, drink your coffee in one sitting in the morning instead of sipping it throughout the day.

Doing this will limit your teeth’ exposure to the discoloration properties of coffee, which will help to limit staining on your teeth.

If you are drinking iced coffee, use a straw to limit the coffee stains on your teeth.

Once you have finished your cup of coffee, drink a glass of water.

The water will not only help to hydrate you, but it will also help you rinse your mouth and remove any leftover coffee that could settle on your teeth and stain them.

As an added precaution, you can brush your teeth with toothpaste 30 minutes after you finish your coffee as well.

Doing this will prevent the coffee from settling on your teeth, but you should wait 30 minutes before brushing your teeth because coffee is acidic.

Acidic food and drink items strain your tooth enamel, and brush your teeth immediately after eating or drinking acidic food items can weaken and damage your tooth enamel.

It is better to rinse your mouth with a cup of water immediately and then brush your teeth after 30 minutes have passed.

Then, your enamel will have less risk of damage, and you will still be able to prevent coffee from settling and staining your teeth. 

Finally, raw fruits and vegetables with natural fibers (such as strawberries and lemons) can help clean your teeth by breaking down the bacteria that cause coffee staining on your teeth.

Adding these foods to your diet can help limit and prevent coffee stains from settling on your teeth.

How to remove coffee stains from dentures?

Coffee can stain dentures just as easily as it can stain your teeth.

There are a couple of extremely easy techniques that you can use to remove these stains as soon as you find them.

First, pour one cup of white vinegar into a glass that’s big enough to hold your dentures.

Add a tablespoon of baking soda to the vinegar.

Place your dentures into the mixture and leave them for at least five minutes.

The chemical reaction that occurs when you mix baking soda and vinegar will work to release tannins along with other types of stain-causing material from your dentures.

If you’re not satisfied with the results of the vinegar and baking soda you can try hydrogen peroxide.

Simply mix one part hydrogen peroxide with one part water and soak your dentures in this solution.

Hydrogen peroxide is a natural cleaning and bleaching solution, therefore will help to remove and whiten your dentures.

It’s also a natural antiseptic solution which is why many people add soaking their dentures with hydrogen peroxide into their cleaning routine.

What other food and drinks will stain my teeth?

Coffee is not the only food or drink item that can stain your teeth.

In addition, foods that have dark colors can stain your teeth, and this list includes food and drink items such as tea, red wine, berries, soy sauce, cola, tomatoes, dark fruit juices (such as purple grape or cranberry juice), hard candies, and sports drinks.

You do not have to avoid eating and drinking these items, but you should be aware that they can stain your teeth.

Luckily, you can prevent and remove the staining using the same methods to prevent and remove coffee stains from your teeth.