From the drinks you choose for your morning meal to the sauce you pair with your dinner, many of the everyday foods and beverages you commonly consume can result in stained teeth. Not surprisingly, intensely colored foods and beverages tend to be the biggest offenders. If you’re concerned about spilling the food or beverage on your white tablecloth, you can bet it can stain your teeth as well. If you do find that your teeth have become overly discolored or yellowed, as a cosmetic dentist in Liverpool, NY, Dr. Charu Saini is proud to provide professional teeth whitening services to help you gain your glowing smile back!
The Five Greatest Staining Culprits:
Berries including blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and cherries can
easily stain teeth. Even the juices from berry pies and tarts can cause discoloration. Instead of giving up these healthy berries, remember to brush and floss well after eating them to cut down on the staining effect.
Red wine is notorious for staining teeth due to the dark purple color found naturally in grapes. Even lighter wines including white wine can discolor and stain teeth due to their high acidity. If you want to enjoy a nice glass of wine now and then, just make sure to drink water and swoosh it around in your mouth between sips so as to help dilute the wine left on your tooth enamel.
Although tea is considered to be a healthy drink when compared to coffee or soda, it may not be the best choice for keeping your teeth stain-free, especially black tea. If you’re a coffee drinker, you’ve surely noticed the dark stain on the inside of your mug that’s been left overnight with coffee in it. Those are the same stains that can discolor your teeth over time. If you start your morning with a cup of hot tea or coffee and sip it throughout the day, try enjoying it in one sitting and then rinse your mouth with water afterward.
Many different pigmented sauces used in cooking are known to stain teeth, including balsamic vinegar, curry, soy, Worcestershire sauce and tomato-based sauces. If you eat these sauces regularly, it’s important to rinse your mouth with water afterward as the longer the sauce sits on the tooth enamel, the more likely it is to stain.
Regardless of what you call these beverages, dark colored soft drinks can cause significant staining of the teeth. Try to limit your intake of these beverages or enjoy lighter colored soft drinks. When you do indulge in soft drinks, use a straw to sip your soda to help slow the staining effect by reducing the contact between the soda and your teeth.
Teeth Whitening in Liverpool, NY
Our Liverpool, NY dental practice helps patients achieve whiter, brighter smiles with our professional teeth whitening services. We utilize an effective tray whitening system that involves taking an impression of your teeth to create custom fit whitening trays can just for you. If you have any questions about our family or cosmetic dentistry services, feel free to give our office a call. To schedule your teeth whitening consultation, contact us today, and our friendly staff will be happy to help.
If you have questions regarding the recipes above, or to learn more about healthy foods to eat that won’t cause damage to your teeth, contact us today, and our friendly team will be happy to help. To schedule an appointment for you or your child, give us a call. Have a happy summer!