According to the American Association of Cosmetic Dentists (AACD), half of all Americans believe a bright white smile is the most memorable feature when meeting someone for the first time. Having stains on your teeth not only looks bad, it can have a negative effect on your self-esteem and impact your ability to make a good impression. This can have affect both your personal and business relationships.
Foods to Avoid
1.Coffee & Tea
Both coffee and tea contain tannins. These naturally occurring compounds build up on teeth causing stains and discoloration.
One of the most common causes of stains on the teeth, red wine contains tannins, acid, and natural dyes.
Cola contains acids which wear away at tooth enamel. This causes tooth sensitivity and increases the chance of stains that are difficult to remove.
When consumed regularly, dark colored fruit juice like blueberry juice, cranberry juice, and purple grape juice can stain the teeth.
Although tomatoes provide essential vitamins and minerals, they can also stain the teeth. Those concerned about staining should limit their consumption of tomato-based sauces.
Another strongly colored and acidic food, balsamic vinegar causes tooth staining.
Commonly used as a seasoning in Asian dishes, soy sauce can cause staining and discoloration of the teeth.
A healthy alternative to processed foods like chips and crackers, eating berries can help keep you healthy. However, these strongly colored treats can leave behind stains on your teeth.
Although it might not be possible to avoid these foods altogether, limiting your consumption and improving your oral hygiene can reduce the severity of tooth staining.
Preventing Stains on Your Teeth
As mentioned above, limiting consumption of teeth staining foods and drinks can help keep preserve a white smile. However, it’s important to maintain good dental hygiene as well. Brushing at least twice a day using a high quality dental gel and flossing regularly helps remove food particles and residue left after eating. Just remember not to brush immediately after eating. The acid in foods can weaken tooth enamel and brushing too soon after eating could cause damage to your teeth. It’s important to wait at least thirty minutes after eating before brushing. Rinsing with water immediately after eating can help remove colorful food from your teeth before they stain.
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