We all know we can’t do without foods and drinks in our lives but at the same time we need to watch what we eat and drink or how we eat and drink them in order for our teeth not to get stained.
We all want to keep our teeth white and shiny for the good smile, but some of the foods and drinks we eat on a daily basis may be our enemy, staining our teeth.
Whether you are trying to keep your newly-whitened teeth looking great or are attempting to avoid having to subject your teeth to harsh whitening treatments in the first place, know the kinds of foods and drinks that contribute to the yellowing of your teeth.
1. BLACK TEA
Many people loves tea and it does have many healthy benefits, but unfortunately black tea contains tannins, which give tea that reddish color it is famous for. Tannins also have a tendency to stain teeth, so green tea might be a better choice, and it’s said to be even healthier than black tea.
2. ACIDIC AND CITRUS FOOD
Acidic and Citrus Foods break down the enamel to expose the dentin – yellow-ish tissue beneath the enamel that is made up of calcium and phosphate crystals.
3. SOFT DRINKS
These drinks literally have no redeeming value beyond their sweet taste. In addition to all the other terrible things these drinks do to your health, they are also loaded with artificial colors, which can also do a number on your smile. We won’t even talk about all that sugar that can promote tooth decay and leave you with no teeth at all of you don’t practice good dental hygiene.
Sweets can change your tongue’s color, which means they can also stain your teeth. But unless you eat them frequently, you’ll probably be okay.
5. CURRY AND TOMATO SAUCE
They may be tasty, but curry and tomato sauce cause teeth stains. Not only are curries and tomato sauce highly saturated, color-wise, but they’re also acidic. Try using light-colored or creamy sauces. Rinse your mouth and brush your teeth soon after eating.
6. FRUIT JUICE
While fruit juices are a much better alternative to soft drinks (especially if they are 100 percent juice), they are not quite as healthy as some would have you believe. Most fruit juices – even if they contain all-natural ingredients – have a pretty significant amount of sugar in them. A further threat to your choppers is the color that many juices contain, whether it’s natural or artificial.
The dark compounds in dark-colored sodas cause surface staining on your teeth. Then, your tooth enamel absorbs these compounds, causing brown or yellow discoloration. Once again, acids and dyes are the culprits.
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8. SPORTS DRINKS
The manufacturers of these drinks would have you believe that you’d never be able to complete a marathon or even a company softball game without plenty of their product on hand to keep you going. The truth of the matter is that you are probably much better off with plain water instead of all the artificial ingredients that are in many sport drinks. In addition to that, many of them are pretty acidic, which can erode tooth enamel and make your choppers more susceptible to staining.
Now that you know how these foods and drinks could be staining your teeth you don’t need to worry, there’s no need to cut all of these out of your life. Instead, I’d suggest cutting back. Try using straws for drinks (and lid for coffee), and swallow food quickly so that your teeth will not stain. Rinse your mouth or brush your teeth as soon as possible, and hopefully you’ll be able to prevent some discoloration.
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