For many people, it is hard to imagine enjoying a summer barbeque without a beer in hand. In addition, interest in craft beers is growing more each day, as breweries and local microbreweries keep cropping up. With all this interest in beer, many people are asking the question, “Does beer cause discoloration of the teeth?” Let’s explore the answer.
The good news is that light-colored beers, such as Budweiser or Coors, will probably not stain your teeth. Also, a cold light beer is often more refreshing during the hot summer months than a heavier, dark beer anyway.
In contrast, heavier, darker-colored beers such as Guinness, many of which are crafted with black patent malt or roasted barley, may indeed stain the teeth — especially if you drink these types of beers regularly. To help avoid tooth discoloration, you can try drinking your dark beer with a straw. If that sounds silly, at least rinse out your mouth after you drink a dark beer; or, if you can, brush your teeth.
Improving the Look of Beer-Stained Teeth
If you cannot give up your favorite dark-colored beers or already have visibly stained teeth, Dr. Darian Hampton can help. At The Hamptons Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Hampton offers in-office teeth whitening treatment. The procedure takes about an hour, so you can come in on your lunch break and return to work with a noticeably brighter smile. He can also send you home with an at-home teeth whitening kit if that treatment option sounds more convenient to you.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hampton to discuss your cosmetic dental treatment options, contact The Hamptons Family and Cosmetic Dentistry by calling (972) 395-9292.