A pearly white smile may be considered a widely desirable feature, but achieving and maintaining that bright white grin may be hindered by your eating and drinking habits. Just about any colorful food or beverage can stain teeth, some worse than others, and unfortunately some of the most popular foods and beverages top the list of “most likely to stain your smile”. Check out some of the most common below:
-Wine, especially red wine
-Cola/ dark-colored soft drinks
-Berries and other intensely colored fruits and juices
-Artificially colored things- candy, popsicles, sports drinks, etc.
Obviously all of these teeth-tainting items are really common and many are very popular – our meals, snacks, and drinks would not be so enjoyable without them. So what can we do about it? Keep reading…
Many of the worst-offending beverages can be consumed with a straw, which bypasses the front teeth and helps keep the staining pigments away. As for the solid foods and the beverages that just aren’t the same through a straw, try drinking water immediately afterward to rinse the teeth and minimize the amount of time that they are in contact with your pearly whites.
Get regular professional dental cleanings. The plaque and tartar that build up on teeth hold onto stains and pigments too, and often a profession scale and polish (the basics of a dental cleaning appointment) will do wonders for brightening up your smile.
Since some staining and discoloration is a normal part of living, bleaching treatments and whitening methods are a good option for many people to help undo some of the discoloration that can result from frequent consumption of tooth-staining foods and drinks. A carbamide peroxide-based treatment is generally the best on teeth and gives good results. Whitening toothpastes rely on abrasives to remove surface stains from the enamel, but they are damaging to the enamel and cannot lighten the dentin of the inner tooth, so we advise against using them.
Since it’s not a food or a drink, you wont find “smoking “ on the above list, but it is commonly known that tobacco products of all kinds are responsible for some of the absolute worst staining that can occur! It’s ideal to avoid ever starting, but if you already use tobacco and can quit, that is a great move towards whiter teeth.
Got a smile that isn’t as sparkly and bright as it used to be? At the Mall of Georgia Dentistry office, we offer several different whitening and bleaching methods and products. Just give us a call to discuss which one might be the best fit for you!