Category: Author: Taylor Dahlstedt
Practicing good oral hygiene is the key to a beautiful smile, but you should also watch what you eat and drink, since certain foods and beverages can harm and discolor your teeth. If you want to protect your pearly whites, you should take extra care of them after you eat or drink anything that can stain them. Read on for some of the worst offenders.
While berries provide a variety of health benefits, such as antioxidants– they also have the potential to stain your teeth. The deep hue color in blueberries, cranberries, raspberries and blackberries can cause staining, no matter how you eat them. Don’t let them linger in your mouth for too long– and drink water after you’re finished to fight their staining effect.
The worst beverages for your teeth include coffee, tea, sodas, sports drinks and wine– because they can all cause stains due to their high acidic content. Teas of all colors, even white tea, have been shown to stain teeth and erode enamel, along with sports drinks. In addition, both light and dark sodas cause discoloration and even encourage further staining from foods. And here’s a shocker– white wine can cause stains too! White wine is actually more acidic than red, which can cause even more damage and discoloration to your chompers. Limiting your intake of all of these beverages will benefit not only your oral health– but your overall health too.
Do you like eating Indian food? Although the exotic spices are delicious, those same flavorings can color your teeth as a result of their deep pigmentation. The best way to prevent staining is to make curry a special treat you only eat once in a while. Your pearly whites will thank you!
A good thing to remember is “anything that can stain your carpet can stain your teeth”. A lot of people eat spaghetti and meatballs regularly, but how often you eat something also has the greatest effect on your teeth– rather than what you’re actually eating. Therefore, try and eat tomato sauce in moderation.
Next, balsamic vinegar is a healthy salad dressing, but it will also darken your teeth because of its color. Additionally, it can stick to your teeth, which can lead to staining if you don’t brush it away. Whenever you have anything with balsamic vinegar, brush and rinse your mouth out well when you’re finished.
Finally, whether you have them in your juice or you eat them whole, beets can be extremely staining to your teeth. Don’t forget to brush your teeth shortly after you consume them.
We always recommend drinking through a straw to keep stain causing dyes away from your teeth. In addition, smoking tobacco can cause your teeth to become discolored, so eliminating it will help to keep your teeth bright.
You don’t need to avoid your favorites foods altogether, just have them in moderation and always rinse your mouth out with water after eating or drinking anything that will cause stains.
You can also finish with a glass of milk or a serving of hard cheese– both of which neutralize acid and strengthen your teeth.
Dr. Sirin is a cosmetic dentist with a penchant for learning and desire for perfection. He’s an active member of many prominent dental associations including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, and the Chicago Dental Society. Originally from Cape Town, South Africa Dr. Sirin moved to California when he was 10 years old. When he’s not practicing dentistry, Dr. Sirin enjoys bicycle riding around Elgin, cooking, and traveling.