Tea and Teeth

Dr. Phillips,

I just purchased your book, Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye, and I think it’s fantastic!

I drink 2-3 cups of green tea and sometimes a cup of black tea everyday (without any added sweetener or milk), and I would like to know what your opinion is of tea and teeth.

I have heard that tea (both green and black) helps to remove plaque from teeth.  Is this true in your experience?  If I drink tea after eating a xylitol mint, does that negate the positive effects of the xylitol?


Hi R,

Thanks so much for your support and for buying my book!

This was a nine year project for me quite a task.

I believe when you get to “food for teeth” you will come across tea in this chapter and find I agree that tea is good for teeth.

I would recommend eating some xylitol after tea especially if you put lemon in tea.

Xylitol’s main ability is to remove mouth acidity. Tea and coffee, although they help remove plaque, leave the mouth acidic.

To reduce staining I would suggest a Zellie mint after tea!

Please let me know if you have other questions,

Best Wishes,

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Rochester, NY 14623

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  • Muscle_Burst says:

    Good post about tea, I heard tea was acidic so I've been avoiding tea altogether. Will be nice to drink tea again, I only have to remember to take a xylitol mint afterwords.

  • Dr. Ellie says:

    Exactly! This is why xylitol is such a wonderful dental friend! There are other foods that are "tooth protective" and could be substituted for xylitol when necessary ( These foods are not germ fighting like xylitol but they will protect your teeth like xylitol and help to replace minerals etc at the end of a meal )….for example: • milk (a glass of plain, unflavored, milk – like after a cookie) • cheese ( like some cheese after a glass of wine) • fresh broccoli or nuts ( nibble during and after any acidic drinks – like beer or wine) • good chocolate is tooth protective ( a chocolate dipped strawberry at the end of dinner?)… We have a lot more to learn about foods that protect teeth! I have a chapter about this in my book, Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye! With this in mind, oral care suddenly becomes a lot more delicious and exciting! You just have to remember to FINISH the meal or snack with an alkaline "tooth protective" food. The order is vital and as simple as drinking the juice first and eating the cheese after…..so the cheese is the last item on your teeth at the end of the meal….rather than the other way around! Most people do things the wrong way and end with lemon-water, coffee, tea, juice, soda or some other acidic and sweet drink! Ellie Ellie Phillips DDSwww.CleanWhiteTeeth.comwww.Zellies.comDental Health for Everyone!author, Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye

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