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Fighting Discolored Teeth With Food

The number one way to combat tooth stains is with good oral hygiene habits:  Brush your teeth twice a day, floss regularly and visit your dentist for a checkup every 6 months.  Is there something more that you can do to keep your smiling looking its brightest?

Watch What You Eat

The enamel of your teeth is porous, allowing some dark or acidic foods to leave an obvious mark on your smile.  While you don’t have to completely avoid these foods, limiting how often you enjoy them might just help you maintain a whiter smile.  When you do indulge, following up with a quick tooth brushing or rinse with water can help. For the pearliest whites, limit these common teeth staining culprits:

  • Beverages – Watch out for drinks such as coffee, tea, soda, red wine and some fruit juices.  Their dark color and acidity are double the trouble for your white smile. Some beverages, such as juice or tea can be drunk through a straw to minimize their effects on tooth discoloration.
  • Foods Dyes –  From candy, to gum and even popsicles, food dyes can be found in just about everything.  While it might make food look more appealing, it won’t do the same for your smile. Try to avoid them if possible.
  • Fruits And Veggies – Though they offer many health benefits for your body, some vegetables and fruits won’t do your teeth any favors.  Berries, beets and tomatoes are quite acidic, making it easier for your tooth enamel to absorb their vibrant colors.
  • Sauces and Seasonings –  Is your food missing a little something?  Maybe it should!  Flavor enhancers such as soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, curry and even some salad dressings can detract from your glowing grin.

To ultimately achieve that beautiful, pearly smile you’ve always wanted, give your dentist a call and ask about teeth whitening or a cleaning to buff away new stain.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. Farhan Qureshi, DDS
5206 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, VA 22311
(703) 931-4544


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