No one can deny that a clean white smile is a beautiful one!
Often times, the foods we love to have pass our teeth are the very cause of the stain we dread. What foods should you try to limit to prevent the accumulation of stain?
Beverages tend to be the main source of staining agents. This is because we might sip our favorite drink slowly more than one time a day. Popular smile-staining drinks include:
An interesting fact about drinks is that it’s not just dark-colored ones that stain. Acidic drinks will wear on enamel, which contributes to staining. Reach for plain old water as often as possible to keep your smile bright!
What’s a meal without great flavor?
A couple of common flavorings used in many parts of the world are curry and balsamic vinegar. Curry is bright yellow and will yellow teeth with time. Balsamic vinegar is a fantastic salad dressing, but its natural dark hue makes it a prime culprit for staining.
Those juicy cranberries, blueberries, and raspberries contain dark pigments that can easily build up in teeth. Jam, jelly, pie, juice, fresh, or frozen – these berries in nearly any form can leave their mark!
Fight the Stain!
It may be impossible to completely give up the foods you love. How can you counter the effects of dark and staining foods? Good oral hygiene is a must to control bacterial buildup and limit the effects of acid. Your dentist will have a variety of cosmetic options to help you hide or eliminate deep stain. Contact your local dental office for a smile evaluation!
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