Your pearly whites are among the first things people notice about you; a person who smiles when being introduced conveys a sunnier disposition and friendlier attitude than someone who does not. If you’re a fan of coffee and wine, though, you might have noticed that your teeth are not as white as they used to be. It is a shame that many delicious food and drinks are also the ones that stain teeth the most. They are also among the most difficult to give up!
It is easy to apply food-based solutions to improve your appearance. If you have dry hair, for example, you can eat food that makes your strands silky and healthy. Some plant-based oils and serums can also nourish your hair. If you have constant acne breakouts, you can help your skin calm down by eating more ‘glow’ food, or the ones that promote smoother skin.
These are long-term solutions—you won’t get smoother hair from having one serving of fruit, for instance. You could also go for non-food-based solutions like using baking soda in your tooth brushing routine or using a redder lipstick to make your teeth appear whiter. However, if you want to be more intentional about your teeth whitening efforts, you should definitely start looking for alternatives to these food and drinks that are prone to staining.
Coffee and caffeinated beverages
For people who need their morning coffee, this can be a bit of bad news. Coffee contains tannins, a type of polyphenol that causes compounds to stick to the teeth and leave a yellowish residue. Coffee, tea, and other caffeinated drinks all have tannins. The good thing is, you can still have your caffeine fix. Just remember to keep a healthy dental habit that includes brushing, flossing, and regularly visiting your dentist.
Berries and derivatives
Consume berries with caution. This means all types—blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries are all culprits. This is because they have bright pigments, which stains tooth enamel. Blueberries, in particular, can stain easily. This does not mean you should avoid berries, though, since these are rich in antioxidants. Just brush and floss after eating.
Berry derivatives like wine are also highly likely to stain teeth. Chromogens, which are the pigment-producing substance in red wine, can cling easily to the enamel. What’s more, the tannins in the liquid can also cause stains. As with consuming berries, drinking wine has its health (and social) benefits, so just keep excellent dental hygiene if you are a regular consumer.
Dark-colored carbonated drinks
Something you should reconsider is drinking cola. This drink is known for destroying enamel in several ways. Aside from staining teeth easily, soda also contains excessive amounts of sugar, which contributes to tooth decay. It also has citric acid, another cause of degeneration for teeth.
If you are too fond of soda to quit cold turkey, try drinking light-colored soda. These do not have the same amount of sugar as darker kinds, and will also stain the teeth less.
Gummy treats or vitamins
Though gummy treats are delicious, they have high levels of sugar, and their texture makes it easy for particles to cling to the teeth and lead to cavities. In essence, gummy vitamins are less supplement and more candy, so if you want to have your daily recommended dose of nutrients, opt for the actual pill or capsule-type vitamins. Of course, you can still have candy or gummy treats, but like everything in life, it’s best consumed in moderation.
Some of your favorite food and drinks can stain your teeth, like wine, coffee, and candy. Protect your enamel by maintaining good dental hygiene, and by regularly visiting your dentist. If you do this, you’ll surely keep your teeth selfie-ready!
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