Top foods that stain teeth

Top Foods That Actually Stain Teeth

“Smile for the camera!” … Does the thought of showing your teeth make you self-conscious? Do you find yourself shying away from smiling? If you are like most people, you’re probably tired of wondering why you have a dull smile even though you take care of your smile. What you may not know, is that what you eat on a regular basis could actually be the culprit behind your teeth’s lack of shine. That’s right! Certain foods could be the reason why your teeth have that yellowish tone to them.

3 Reasons Why Food Causes Stains:

So your teeth lack luster, but what is it about food that stains them? Tooth enamel is very porous, making it susceptible to stains penetrating its surface – causing that yellowish color. That means the level of color your food has is a big factor behind staining. There are certain food compounds called “tannins” that make their color stick to your teeth enamel. Think of foods that stain your white clothing and can’t come off – it’s the same idea with your teeth.  In addition, acidic foods weaken the surface of your enamel making teeth even more vulnerable to stains. Finally, variations in the temperature in the food you consume can be damaging and makes the surface of the enamel easier to stain.

Top Tooth Staining Foods to Avoid:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Sodas
  • Red Wine
  • Sports Drinks
  • Fruit Juices
  • Colored Candy & Sweets
  • Popsicles & Slushies
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Soy Sauce
  • Pickles
  • Pasta/Tomato Sauces
  • Berries: Blueberries, blackberries, cherries, raspberries, pomegranates
  • Beets
  • Curry

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While some of these foods have good health benefits and are common in your regular diet, they do cause stains in teeth if eaten in excess. Keep this in mind next time you decide to sit down with a glass of red wine. The good news is, you don’t have to give up these foods all together – there are certain things you can do to counter the effects.

Tips for a Radiant Smile:

Since we can’t cut out every food that could possibly stain our teeth, here are a few tips that can help you minimize the degree to which your teeth could be affected:

  • Using a straw. Always use a straw when drinking beverages as a way to keep the dark dyes, acidity, and colors away from your teeth.
  • Brushing after you eat. Brush about 30 minutes after you eat foods such as berries, or coffee at work.
  • Whitening tooth paste. Buy a toothpaste that has whitening for an added boost.
  • Rinse your mouth. If you are not able to always brush your teeth after you eat, consider rinsing your mouth to clean it out a bit.
  • Visit your dentist. Go in for your regular dental check-ups and cleanings.

Fun Fact: Did You Know there are foods that brighten your teeth?

Yes, there are actually some foods that act as natural whiteners! Some of these foods are apples, spinach, broccoli, celery, pineapple and even strawberries. The most effective is cheese, because it counteracts with acidic foods and helps the pH level in your mouth.

If you need to talk to a dentist or want to have a professional whitening done, visit you dentist to get the best treatment for your oral health.

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Why Do I Have Sensitive Teeth?

Does sipping on a hot drink or enjoying a cold ice cream make you cringe? Do you experience a sharp pain deep within your tooth? Do you find yourself no longer enjoying certain foods? Tooth sensitivity is very common while eating cold or hot foods. There are several reasons you could be experiencing sensitive teeth and ways to prevent or reduce this uncomfortable sensation.

Why Do People Experience Tooth Sensitivity?

Every tooth is protected by a layer called enamel, which guards the surface of your teeth from its nerve center, preventing sensitivity from occurring. Just under the gum line there is a secondary layer called Dentin. Dentin is at the base of your tooth and has many pores that lead to the nerve center. When Dentin comes in contact with certain foods it can cause a very uncomfortable sensation. When we no longer have enough enamel to protect the surface of your teeth, or when your gums recede exposing the dentin, many foods you consume reach the nerves of your tooth causing sensitivity.

>>> Watch this helpful video on Tooth Sensitivity from MouthHealthy.com

What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

Many day-to-day activities can be causing tooth sensitivity. It’s important that you practice a regular dental routine to make sure that you are properly taking care of your teeth. Here is a list of common causes of tooth sensitivity:

  • Wear and tear of tooth enamel
  • Tooth decay
  • Grinding your teeth
  • Whitening products
  • Acidic foods and drinks
  • Gum disease

What Are Ways to Prevent Sensitive Teeth?

If you suffer from sensitive teeth the key to remedying your sensitivity relies on healthy dental habits. You should consider using a soft bristled toothbrush to protect your gums, as well as sensitive tooth paste (such as Pronamel or Sensodyne) and and other fluoride dental products.

Additionally, what you eat has a major impact on your teeth. Try avoiding very acidic foods or drinks like lemonade, wine, black coffee, and orange juice. Use a straw to protect your tooth enamel while drinking acidic drinks. Many of the things that you eat can wear off your enamel and make it painful to enjoy the foods you love. Keep in mind what you eat and how often you eat it because it can be effecting the strength of your teeth.  Wait around 30 minutes after eating or drinking something very acidic to brush your teeth since brushing right after while your enamel is softened can actually be more harmful than waiting.

Finally, be careful not to grind your teeth since it also tears down tooth enamel. Become self-aware to any daytime tooth grinding – try determining when you are doing it and what may be causing you to do it since tooth grinding can be a sign of stress. If you find that you grind your teeth while you sleep, you should consider wearing a mouth guard at night to protect your teeth from further damage.

The key take away is to maintain good oral hygiene to prevent sensitivity in your teeth. Talk to your doctor if you have other questions or concerns about your tooth sensitivity. Remember that it’s important to address any discomfort you experience during your dental check-ups to offer you the best dental attention necessary.

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Have A Brilliant Smile All Year Long

Is having better dental hygiene one of your resolutions this year? In 2017 millions of Americans admitted to not brushing and flossing the recommended twice a day. This year, let’s get our teeth clean, health, and shiny white!

Common Problems

1. Cavities/ Tooth Decay- Cavities happen when the enamel in a tooth is broken down by excess acid and plaque on the tooth. Limit your sugar intake, and brush twice a day to help prevent tooth decay and rotting.

2. Teeth Sensitivity- People who suffer from sensitive teeth usually experience a sharp pain deep inside the tooth. Sensitivity is usually brought on by eating something that is overly sweet, sour, hot, or cold. You can help reduce sensitivity by using toothpaste for sensitive teeth, avoiding foods with high levels of acid, and taking extra care around the gums during brushing.

3. Gingivitis– A minor form of gum disease that can be cured with brushing flossing, and a professional cleaning. Symptoms of gingivitis are red, inflamed gums that bleed easily. Keeping on top of brushing,  and using soft-bristle toothbrushes, can help prevent damage your gums.
4. Bad Breath- Sometimes chronic bad breath can be a symptom of bacteria, or a bigger problem like oral cancer. If you have been suffering from bad breath for a long period of time, you should see your dentist for a dental examination.
5. Mouth Sores- Many people suffer from annoying mouth sores like cold sores, canker sores, and fever blisters. A majority of the time outbreaks are caused by stress, too much sun exposure, or a weakened immune system. Avoiding theses causes can help reduce the amount of times you break out, and using over-the-counter medicine can help treat symptoms.
6. Erosion- Tooth erosion is caused by drinking too many soft drinks, consuming too much sugar, and from too much of the bad acids in your mouth attacking the protective tooth enamel. Signs of erosion include heightened sensitivity, discoloration, and uneven/rough edges. You can prevent tooth erosion by avoiding foods with high acid levels, eating a slice of cheese or a glass of milk after meals, and by drinking water throughout the day.

Definitely Avoid

  1. Smoking
  2. Sugar
  3. Hard candy that can crack your teeth.
  4. Soda
  5. Chewing ice
  6. Too many acidic foods like citric fruits, olives, and bread.
  7. Red wine and black tea. Both contain high levels of tannin- known for staining teeth.
  8. Sports drinks

Dental Tips

  1. Brush for a full 2 minutes.
  2. Floss every night.
  3. Get enough calcium through milk and dairy products. Bring some string cheese, apple slices, and a handful of almonds with you to work for a midday snack.
  4. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Stay hydrated by drinking water instead of sports drinks all day.
  5. Get routine professional cleanings every 6 months. Your hygienist is able to scrape and clean between your teeth and in hard-to-reach places, leaving your teeth clean and smooth.
  6. Stick to a healthy diet.
  7. Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, after you’re sick, or once the bristles start to become worn and frayed.
  8. Chew sugarless gum between meals when brushing isn’t possible.
  9. Hard and crunchy apples and carrots, act as a natural floss to help dislodge food from between teeth.
  10. Use fluoridated toothpaste.
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When Emergencies Strike on Vacation

A sudden toothache can be a terrible surprise while you’re on a family trip. Don’t let an unexpected dental problem ruin your summer vacation. Here are some quick-fix tips that you can use until you are back home and can see your dentist.

 

Toothache – Try an over-the-counter ibuprofen and rinse your mouth with warm salt water to relieve the pain. If there is any food lodged between your teeth and gums, gently use dental floss to remove the debris. You may be able to find some relief by holding a cold pack against your mouth to reduce any swelling.

 

Chipped Tooth – Rinse your mouth and the broken pieces with warm water. If you’re bleeding, apply pressure with gauze until the bleeding spots.

 

Knocked Out Tooth – Pick up the tooth by the crown (top of the tooth, not the roots!). Rinse the tooth with warm water and gently try to place the tooth back into its socket. Carefully hold the tooth in place with your fingers or tongue for 5 minutes. If you can’t get the tooth back in, keep your tooth in a glass of milk and see a dentist within an hour to be able to reattach your tooth.

 

Lost Filling – Get some over-the-counter dental cement to put in the hole and press the filling into it.

 

Broken Braces Wire – Use a piece of wax to cover the broken wire and any sharp edges. Do NOT try to remove or cut the wire at all. Make sure to see your orthodontist as soon as possible to get the wire fixed.

 

If you’re going on vacation this summer, don’t forget to stop by and pick up some travel wipes for your contest photos!

 

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Staying Cavity Free – Healthy Dental Habits for Kids

It’s never too early to begin taking care of your children’s smiles.  Maintaining good oral hygiene will allow dentists to detect and prevent any problems such as cavities, toothaches, tooth decay and other infections. Tooth decay is very common among children, so it’s especially important to take good care of your child’s first teeth to ensure the healthy growth of their adult teeth.

Examples of Great Dental Habits:

  • Brushing & flossing teeth twice day, especially after evening meals
  • Using fluoride toothpaste when brushing teeth
  • Brushing teeth for 2 minutes
  • Avoiding high fructose corn syrup drinks & sodas
  • Visiting your dentist twice a year for dental cleanings
Need more tips on children’s dental health? 

 

Cavity Prevention Options

It’s hard to stay away from sugary drinks and sodas, so Hospitality Dental offers great preventative options to keep children cavity & tooth decay free. Sealants are a plastic cover placed on the surface of the back teeth that protects tooth enamel from plaque. Parents should consider sealants to be applied to their children’s premolars and molars to prevent any possible decay and cavities. Sealants are a proven safe and effective procedure for our patients. Most cavities in children occur in the narrow parts of the teeth where food may be hard to clean, so the sealant acts like a barrier in these hard to clean places to effectively prevent cavities and tooth decay.  Visit the California Dental Association for more information on the importance of Sealants, and why they are an appropriate treatment for you and your children.

Children’s dental health is important, and staying knowledgeable on proper dental habits is a great way to begin taking care of their teeth. Here at Hospitality Dental, our dentists perform thorough examinations and are able to go over any questions, offer option details, and even tips on how your child should properly brush and floss.

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