To keep your teeth white you also need to watch your diet, because what you eat and drink can stain your teeth.
Tooth enamel, the protective outer layer of your teeth erodes with age. Erosion can happen sooner due to other factors like brushing the teeth too hard, regular exposure to acid, dental injuries, and grinding of teeth. When you have eroded tooth enamel, the tooth will have gaps and cracks where bacteria and stains from food and drink can enter.
Here are the 8 common foods and drinks to stay away from:
- Coffee, Tea, and Red Wine
Tea, coffee, and red wine have tannins or tannic acid, which is a vegetable dye that sticks to the teeth. Black tea is known to have higher tannin content than green tea. If you cannot completely avoid your daily cup of coffee or tea, drink water or brush your teeth after drinking these beverages to help get rid of tannin left in your mouth and reduce daily staining.
Berries are an excellent source of vitamin C and antioxidants, but the dark color of berries may stain the teeth. Rinse with water after eating berries to prevent staining.
- Curry and tomato sauces
The dark tint of curry and tomato sauces can stain teeth. Reserve these sauces only for special occasions to avoid teeth discoloration.
Soft drinks contain phosphoric and citric acid, which can damage your teeth. The best drink for your teeth is still water, but if you’re craving for the fizz, you can opt for sparkling water.
- Fruit juice
Like soda, fruit juices are high in sugar and are also acidic—a combination that’s guaranteed do hurt your teeth over time. It is better to eat whole fruits than consuming the juice form. If you will be drinking smoothies, use a straw to minimize exposing your teeth to sugar and acid from the juice. Always follow up with a glass of water.
- Citrus fruits
Citrus fruits like lemons and oranges may not have the dark pigment of berries, but they also damage the enamel because of their high acid content. Weakened enamel makes your teeth more prone to stains.
- Balsamic vinegar
The dark pigment and acidity of balsamic vinegar predisposes the teeth to staining. Choose non-acidic salad dressings such as olive oil or Greek yogurt.
- Sugar and refined carbs
Sweets and refined carbs like white bread or rice may eventually make you susceptible to staining and cavities because digesting sugar from these foods produces acid, which again weakens tooth enamel. So always minimize sugar consumption.
You can protect your teeth from discoloration by minimizing consumption of these foods and drinks. Practice proper oral hygiene and use Pérla teeth whitening products at home.