“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 brush your teeth regularly.
What you may not know is that what you eat could actually be the culprit. That’s right! Certain foods could be the reason why your teeth have that yellowish tone to them.
Top Tooth Staining Foods to Avoid
- Red Wine
- Sports Drinks
- Fruit Juices
- Colored Candy & Sweets
- Popsicles & Slushies
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Soy Sauce
- Pasta/Tomato Sauces
- Berries: Blueberries, blackberries, cherries, raspberries, pomegranates
While some of these foods have great 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 or brew your morning coffee.
Ways to Mitigate Teeth Staining
The good news is that you don’t have to give up these foods all together – there are certain things you can do to counter the effects. Here are a few ways to avoid severe teeth staining:
Use a straw
Always use a straw when drinking beverages as a way to keep the dark dyes, acidity, and colors away from your teeth. If you have trouble with this on the go, consider keeping a reusable keychain straw on hand.
Brush after you eat
About 30 minutes after you eat foods such as berries, or coffee at work, head to the sink. The best way to make it a habit is by keeping a spare toothbrush at work.
Buy whitening toothpaste
Buy a toothpaste that has whitening for an added boost. If you're not sure which brands are best, ask us at your next visit. We'd be happy to provide some recommendations.
Rinse your mouth
Avoid letting these substances sit on your teeth. 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. In these visits, we not only deep clean teeth, but can add a fluoride seal that keeps teeth more resistant to stains.
Eat 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 your dentist to get the best treatment for your oral health.