Tannins and Tooth Stains


A variety of factors can lead to discoloration in our teeth. Tannins, which are found in several popular beverages, play a unique role in causing teeth stains. In today’s blog, Dr. James Fondriest, explains how tannins aid in discoloring your smile and discusses our professional teeth whitening procedures.

What are Tannins?

The dark color you find in drinks such as tea or coffee is caused by tannic acid. Tannins coat the teeth and allow stain-causing chromogens to attach themselves to the enamel. This process results in discoloration of the teeth. In addition, tannic acid also softens enamel, which leaves teeth vulnerable to the harmful bacteria that cause tooth decay.

Preventing Stains

To help prevent stains, try to cut back on beverages containing stain-causing tannins. Avoid tea, coffee, red wine, and soda. Red wine, tea, and coffee provide helpful antioxidants, so you don’t need to cut them out entirely. Remember, moderation is key. Rinse your mouth after consuming coffee or similar beverages. Proper dental habits also help prevent teeth stains. Brush twice a day, and floss at least once. Use antibacterial mouthwash, as well. These simple steps help cleanse your mouth of tannins and harmful bacteria.

Teeth Whitening from Lake Forest Dental Arts

Dr. Fondriest provides our patients with professional teeth whitening services. We offer both Day White and Nite White teeth whitening systems. Both techniques use a custom-made tray Dr. Fondriest will create based on an impression of your teeth. Dr. Fondriest then prescribes a special bleaching gel. Patients using Nite White wear the gel-filled trays while they sleep for a time specified by Dr. Fondriest. Day White provides dramatic whitening results for patients with sensitive teeth and gums. Patients wear the tray twice a day for thirty minutes. Both systems provide patients with beautiful, bright smiles.

Schedule a Visit with Your Lake Forest Cosmetic Dentist

Are you interested in erasing unsightly stains and receiving a brighter smile? Dr. Fondriest offers our Lake Forest Dental Arts patients an array of cosmetic dental procedures to improve their smiles. Call your Lake Forest cosmetic dentist at 847-234-0517. Our office welcomes patients from Lake Forest and North Shore suburbs near Chicago.