Thu, August 7, 2014
9 Foods That Stain Our Teeth
On a daily basis, we consume an array of foods that really do have an effect on the color of our teeth. Sometimes, you can’t avoid these foods—and many of them are healthy choices, like fresh summer fruits and berries. But there are some things you can do to help fight stains. First, don’t let stain-causing foods and drinks stay in your mouth for long. Instead, chew and swallow them quickly to help protect your teeth. It’s also important to rinse and brush after eating.
Another tip is to use a straw, so that liquids are kept away from your teeth, which reduces the risk of staining. While iced coffee and tea are easy to drink through a straw, hot beverages and wine are more difficult. Be sure to rinse with a sip of water in between and after drinking.
Balsamic vinegar sticks to your teeth, which can cause discoloration. Stick to salads with balsamic vinegar because the lettuce can serve as a barrier to the dark pigments.
The pigment in soy sauce adheres to your teeth, causing stains. If you’re eating sushi and soy sauce, drink some green tea or water in between bites.
This summertime treat is full of dyes that can stain your teeth. The sugars and cold temperatures make your teeth more susceptible to staining.
Deep red tomato sauce is full of flavor, but it’s also full of highly acidic tomatoes, which can cause unsightly stains. Before you dig into your pasta, eat a spinach salad first, which will form a protective layer on your teeth.
Tea has many great health benefits, but black teas and other dark-hued teas can stain. Try adding some milk into these dark teas or sticking to green, white or herbal teas.
Berries like blueberries, blackberries, cherries and other brightly colored fruits can stain teeth. The juices from berry pies or tarts can also cause discoloration. Opt for light-colored grapes instead, or just be sure to brush and floss because the acidic components can harm tooth enamel.
Who can resist a glass of red wine with a nice dinner? Just make sure to drink water and swoosh it around in your mouth in between sips, because the acidic content of red wine can cause staining and wear away tooth enamel.
You know how candy sometimes turns your mouth and tongue a different color? Well, it does the same to your teeth. Eat these candies in moderation to avoid permanent staining.
Dark roast coffee is a known teeth-staining culprit. Add milk or cream to help dilute some of the pigment, and make sure to drink water afterwards.
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