Everyday we eat and drink many different foods that can have a profound effect on the color of our teeth. From your morning cup of coffee to the wine you have at dinner, these are foods and liquids to be aware of, and keeping a brush at your work can help.
Many of these foods are easy to avoid. More importantly, there are many healthy substitutes. You do not need to feel deprived to maintain your beautiful white smile, but you can make a few healthy changes to help fight stains. First of all, rinse and brush your teeth after eating. This can be a quick and effective step to avoiding stained teeth.
Here is a quick list of foods that can discolor and stain your teeth:
1. Red Wine: Although a glass of red wine pairs nicely with your dinner, it’s best to swish water in your mouth between sips. Wine’s acid content causes stains and removes enamel.
2. Coffee: Most people are aware that coffee stains your teeth. Try selecting a lighter roast as the darker roasts are more acidic. Diluting your coffee with milk or cream can also be beneficial and remember to drink lots of water afterward. Not only is drinking water hydrating, but it helps reduce the chances of stains after drinking coffee.
3. Hard candy: Most people are surprised that hard candy makes the list. Just think about the last time you ate a blue lolly pop, your tongue probably changed colors. The pigments used in hard candy also affect the color of your teeth. Swap out your hard candy for fruit or even chocolate!
4. Tea: Tea is a fantastic drink with many health benefits. However, darker teas can cause staining on your teeth. Much like coffee, select a lighter tea and add cream or milk. Better yet, stick with an herbal tea, like green or white. Not only do herbal teas have fantastic benefits, but they are less likely to stain your teeth.
5. Berries: Eating fruit is important in your diet. However, darker berries such as; cherries, blackberries, and blueberries can stain your teeth. Keep your smile bright by opting for apples and other light fruit.
Dr. Richard Sterling in Laguna Beach urges patients to brush and floss after eating highly acidic foods. Our goal is to keep you smiling confidently. Avoiding stains on your teeth is vital to a bright white smile! If you are concerned about the whiteness of your teeth or would like to learn more about maintaining a beautiful bright smile, call our office at (949)494-8511. Dr. Sterling has been recognized by Philips Zoom Whitening as an excellent whitening provider.