Britain’s Favourite Drink is Tea – but is it Damaging our Teeth?

Throughout the world, Brits are known for their love of tea.  Here’s how much we love it:

  • We drink a whopping 60.2 billion cups of the stuff each year,
  • two of the top three destinations for a first date are coffee & tea shops
  • and we love our favourite brew so much, there’s even a National Tea Day on 21st April.

However, as the nation celebrates all things Tea, is it as good for our mouths as it is for our tastebuds?

Tea is worse for staining your teeth than coffee due to staining compounds theaflavins, thearubigins, theabrownins. The more fermented the tea, the worse the staining will be. This process is different to coffee roasting, which relies entirely on heat to break down the beans.

High levels of tannins found in tea can lead to discolouration of the teeth. Tannic acid creates plaque on your teeth and causes yellowing.

In a recent survey conducted by dental brand White Glo, 46% of Brits were found to notice people with bad teeth and 45% said they found people with whiter teeth more attractive.
In the same survey, almost a third (31%) of us said we were unhappy with the colour of our teeth. So, does all this mean we have to put down our tea cups forever?

White Glo’s dental expert, Jordan Kirk, says that both regular and fruit tea can have negative effects on the colour and health of your teeth: “tooth enamel is naturally porous and can absorb the tannins in tea, leading to unpleasant brown discolouration of your teeth”.

Thankfully, White Glo has developed a revolutionary Coffee & Tea Drinkers Formula toothpaste to tackle this everyday problem and keep your teeth white. The toothpaste contains Micro Polishing Particles to target discolouration and yellowing on the tooth enamel caused by consumption of tea over time. This formulation also has a MICRO WAX shield coating to protect your tooth enamel from tea and coffee staining.

The White Coffee & Tea Drinkers Formula is available now at your local Boots, Tesco, ASDA, Morrisons and Superdrug or via For more information visit You can also follow White Glo on social media by searching White Glo UK.

So, stick the kettle on, and enjoy a brew safe in the knowledge your teeth with be just fine.

About Lisa Baker, Editor, Wellbeing News 4483 Articles
Editor Lisa Baker is a professional writer and the owner of Need to See IT Publishing. However, Lisa is also passionate about the benefits of a holistic approach to healing, being a qualified Vibrational Therapist. Lisa also has qualifications in Auricular Therapy, Massage, Kinesiology, Crystal Healing, Seichem and is a Reiki Master.