If you want to whiten your teeth before the holidays, there are a few steps you need to take and a few things you need to avoid. Talk to your dentist about healthy teeth whitening procedures; avoid over the counter bleaches and DIY creams. Keep up a healthy teeth-cleaning regimen; don’t overstress your teeth with too much vigorous brushing or flossing to make up for last time.

When it comes to caffeine, however, the do’s and don’t’s can get in the way of your daily routine. Coffee and black tea stain your teeth, especially if you drink them regularly. During the first few days following a teeth whitening procedure, it’s even more important to stay away from liquids that can etch and stain your teeth. These include acidic fruit juices, wine, and those two darkly colored caffeine sources: coffee and black tea.

But the days are getting shorter and colder. That morning cup of caffeine might be an essential part of waking up in the morning. So switch your brew to matcha tea.

Why is matcha tea a better caffeine alternative?

There are lots of reasons why any drink besides water might have a damaging effect on your mouth. The primary danger behind coffee and black tea is the stain the drinks leave behind. The dark coloring will leave residue on your teeth, especially during the forty-eight hours following a whitening procedure. But the sugar you add to your tea and coffee can be just as damaging. Slowly sipping a hot, sugary drink can coat your mouth with sugar, which bacteria love.

But matcha tea is milder. It has a much lighter coloring that has a less damaging effect on your smile. Its mild flavor also means you need less sugar, or no sugar at all, to find it palatable. If you’re not a matcha fan, white and green tea can be almost as easygoing.

If you want to get your tooth-whitening procedure done before the holidays, go to Exquisite Smile here and schedule an appointment.