Believe it or not, when your dentist looks into your mouth, we can tell what foods and drinks you love the most. How? By the color of your teeth!
Of course, the shades of your teeth will change over time, especially if they’re exposed to these things that made our list. Your dentist is here to will these staining factors and even help you reverse them if you visit your local office for teeth whitening!
If It Can Stain Your Rug, It’ll Stain Your Teeth!
One day you’ll have a bright smile and it seems like the next your teeth have yellowed. Although it’s not ideal, it’s completely natural. In fact, it could be from the foods and drinks you choose to indulge in. You can further help your teeth stay luminous by avoiding these items in your diet.
It can be hard to resist, but you must enjoy wine in moderation. This drink contains acid that weakens the enamel of your teeth. The dark pigment of red wine that wine has threatens the strength and whiteness of your teeth.
To complicate matters, red wine contains higher amounts of sugar that can lead to tooth decay. Oh, and don’t forget how alcohol consumption leaves your mouth dehydrated without much natural saliva to naturally clean the areas in your mouth. It’s always best just to drink water for your teeth above anything else.
Dark Fruits & Veggies
Of course, it’s important to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. That means that you should be eating lots of fruits and vegetables—including berries or other dark colored vegetables. Just be sure to be cautious of how often you consume.
When it comes to your teeth, some of those healthy foods can leave lingering stains. The high acid levels in blackberries, beets, tomatoes, and blueberries can weaken tooth enamel. This makes it easier for the dark pigment in these foods change the color of your teeth overtime. Keep your diet balanced and your teeth white by eating bright green veggies, oranges, and exciting citrus fruits as well.
Curry, tomato sauce, and soy sauce have all left their marks on patient’s teeth—literally. Even the pasta sauces we enjoy along with other foods may cause your teeth to darken over time, especially if you’re constantly exposing yourself to them.
Have you ever left your coffee cup unrinsed for a few days? Those stains set in overnight! Can you imagine what coffee does to your teeth? Don’t forget about the extra flavors and sweeteners that are added to it, too.
You can reduce the impact of coffee on your teeth by rinsing your mouth with water, brushing and flossing daily, and minimizing the times you have coffee throughout the day.
About Our Office
At Anderson Family Dental, we believe the foundation of great oral health starts with well-educated patients. If you don’t know what’s going on with your oral health or how to treat it, then how will you ever get your best smile? That’s why Dr. Erick Anderson and Dr. Richard Anderson believes in through communication with each of our patients. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call and ask!