Monday, January 30, 2017

Could the Foods We Eat Be Staining Our Teeth?

Over time, many of the foods we eat can cause our teeth to discolor. Many foods have artificial coloring in them, such as soda or kool-aid, and many are naturally dark in color, such as fruits and fruit juices. For this reason, it is recommended that you limit your intake of these types of foods and drinks.
In addition to limiting your intake of these foods, there are some things you can do to keep your teeth whiter! Bleaching is of course the number one thing to eliminate stains fast, although you can only do this safely a couple times per year. Have your teeth cleaned regularly.  Plaque build-up will attract a stain faster than a smooth, clean tooth. If you have deeply stained teeth, the dentist can professionally remove the stain and bond the teeth to protect against future staining. It is also recommended that you use an electric toothbrush, and use an antibacterial mouthwash to help remove plaque. Do this religiously after eating or drinking and you will greatly reduce the chances of stained teeth! If you are especially susceptible to stains on your teeth, the following is a great list to keep handy:
  • Soy Sauce
  • Berries
  • Curry
  • Coffee 
  • Red Wine
  • Dark Soda
  • Dark Fruit Juices
  • Tea
  • Tobacco Products
As always, Keep Smiling!

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