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Foods that Stain, Protect, or Whiten Teeth

The self-confidence and self-esteem that results from a great smile and white teeth clearly demonstrates that when you look good, you feel good. In fact, studies reveal that those with whiter teeth are perceived in a more positive manner, and they suggest that a bright smile can lead to greater success both personally and professionally.

Therefore, if your teeth seem to be staining, turning yellow, gray, or darkening, it may be time to look at the foods and drinks you’re consuming. Here are a few of the common culprits and solutions:

  • Foods such as tomatoes, pasta sauce, citrus fruits, curry, and balsamic vinegar are acidic and can cause tooth enamel to erode, but teeth will be better protected by eating dark green vegetables first, such as spinach, broccoli, or kale, which help by creating a protective film.
  • Deeply pigmented fruits including cherries, blueberries, blackberries, grapes, pomegranates, and cranberries among others, and the foods produced from them such as juices or jellies, can stain. Yet, some fruits such as pears and apples can help whiten the teeth by increasing saliva flow, while their high fiber content scrubs the tooth surface.
  • Coffee, teas of all colors, sports drinks, and sodas all are acidic and can cause enamel erosion, while dark chocolate can help to harden enamel.
  • White wine is acidic and red wine contains tannins, so enjoy them with some cheese, which increases the pH level in the mouth.

Moreover, in order to reduce the damage from acids and tannins, consume these foods and beverages in one sitting rather than sipping or nibbling throughout the day. Try to drink plenty of water to help rinse staining foods and beverages away, and to neutralize acids. In addition, regular brushing and flossing removes staining food particles and plaque from between teeth and along the gum line.

However, when you want to ensure that you look your very best, you may want to find out about removing the stains on your teeth with professional tooth whitening options, and Dr. Heidi Finkelstein at My Plantation Dentist can help. To schedule your appointment, please contact us today at 954-584-1030.


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