The best way to whiten your teeth? Avoid getting them stained in the first place.
Scroll on to see what foods to avoid to keep your smile shine.
Foods to Avoid 101: Tea and Coffee
Few people want to hear that they cannot have their morning coffee. But as often as we drink at least part of this duo, it is important to know what it is doing to your teeth. This is all the more important as we age.
Black tea stains your teeth worse than coffee. Black tea contains a natural group of compounds named tannins. Tannins stick to your teeth because they adhere to enamel proteins.
Coffee drinkers, you are not in the clear, either. Coffee contains tannins as well. It has less of them.
If you are looking for a drink that isn’t as harsh, but will still give you that caffeine fix, try white tea. It is lower in tannins.
If you cannot go without to your cup of joe or tea, try lightening them. Use milk or cream in your tea or coffee. Not only will this lower the tannins impact, but reduce the potential of coffee/tea stain teeth.
Carbonated, Energy, or Sports Drinks
As most people know, these drinks filled with lots of sugar. But it is not only the sweetness that affects your smile.
Many sodas, energy, and sports drinks have very high acidic levels. This acid can erode your enamel. It makes the tooth more vulnerable to discoloration and cavities.
Researchers are trying to see if people can grow back tooth enamel. But it is currently irreplaceable.
So, if one wants to avoid discoloration from these types of drink, try to drink less of them. You can also drink these beverages through a straw if you cannot kick the habit all the way.
Curries and Tomato Sauces
This is bad news for anyone who loves Indian, Thai, or Italian food. Curries and tomato-based sauces are very saturated color-wise. And this is bad for your teeth.
Like the drinks listed above, curries and tomato sauces are very acidic.
One can enjoy these foods still. But use caution.
You can eat spinach before your meal to help balance out the acid intake. And if all else fails, chew some sugar-free gum after the meal.
Berries contain a chemical called chromogens. Chromogens is a fancy word for these vivid pigments that will stick to your teeth.
Berries are in quite a few foods. Between juices, fruit salads, and pies: berries are in lots of things. Berries of all types will stain your teeth.
If you want to continue eating berries, do as such in moderation. Try to eat paler fruits and vegetables. Pineapples, cauliflower, apples, pears, and cucumbers are all foods that make your teeth whiter by boosting your saliva production.
Keep Your Smile Bright
There are several foods to avoid if you want the perfect smile. But remember not to be too hard on yourself. Again, all things are fine in moderation and can fit into your life with a healthy dental plan.
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