Glistening white teeth is undoubtedly one accessory that will always remain in vogue. Everybody dreams of having pearly white teeth. However, with growing age as we tend to increasingly adapt to grown-up eating habits such as drinking coffee, red wine, etc., our teeth tend to lose its luster. We all know that there are certain foods that we should avoid because they are bad for our bodies, but what about our teeth? Here is a short list of the foods and beverages most likely to cause stains.
1. Wine. Red wine, especially, is acidic and contains chromogens and tannins, notorious for staining teeth. But white wine, too, promotes staining.
2. Tea. Like wine, the ordinary black tea most people drink is rich in stain-promoting tannins. Dentists say it’s a bigger stainer than coffee, which is chromogen-rich but low in tannins. Herbal, green, and white teas are less likely to stain than black tea.
3. Soda. Acidic and chromogen-rich, soda (or pop, depending on where in the country you’re from) can cause significant staining. But even light-colored soft drinks are sufficiently acidic to promote staining of teeth by other foods and beverages.
4. Sports drinks. They’re acidic and full of sugar. Sports drinks can soften tooth enamel — setting the stage for staining.
5. Berries. Blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, cherries, grapes, pomegranates, and other intensely colored fruits (and juices, pies, and other foods and beverages made from them) can cause stains.
6. Sauces. Soy sauce, tomato sauce, curry sauce, and other deeply colored sauces are believed to have significant staining potential. Some sauces, like ketchup, are also acidic, and open the pores of tooth enamel making them more prone to staining.
7. Sweets. Hard candies, chewing gum, popsicles, and other sweets often contain teeth-staining coloring agents. Did you ever look at your tongue after you’ve finished your fruity, sugary pop? Not only does it color your tongue, but also your teeth. Plus, it has an added negative effect because of all of that sugar.
8. Balsamic Vinegar, Lemonade, and other acid producing liquids. Balsamic Vinegar is known to stick to your teeth and cause discoloration.
So what can you do to prevent tooth staining?
Brush your teeth daily. And don’t forget to floss regularly. According to Dr. Tal Morr, one of the renowned dentists in Miami, Florida,”Brushing regularly is the most effective and easiest way to obtain sparkling white teeth. Any grown up should brush at least twice and floss at least once in a day. Regular brushing, particularly after every a meal or snack, can help prevent stained teeth, especially at the gum line. Anybody should undertake additional efforts for maintaining the winning sparkle.”
Eat fibrous foods. Fibrous foods such as apples, celery, carrots, broccoli, pears, lettuce and spinach in the diet, play a significant role in getting rid of stained teeth. It exfoliates them much before the stain molecules get a chance to attach to the surface. Immense saliva triggered by these fibrous foods help in washing away the food particles from the teeth. Dr. Morr considers fibrous foods to be an extremely effective scrub for the smile.
Regular dental check-ups. It is important to get the teeth checked and professionally cleaned at a regular interval. The abrasion and polishing methods used by expert dentists can also help in removing stubborn teeth stains.
If your at the point where you need professional help, there are many options. Teeth whitening costs less than you would think, and is an effective solution for discoloration. Our in-office treatments are very effective. Call our Miami dentist office today for a consultation!