More and more people feel that having a bright, white smile is one of their top oral health goals. Everyone knows that they should brush their teeth twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste, clean their teeth interdentally daily and attend for regular dental appointments to keep their teeth in the best possible condition.
But did you know there are also certain foods which you should be mindful of to help keep your pearly whites stain free?
Red wine is acidic and contains tannins, most commonly thought of as being in tea. This gives the drink the potential to cause a large amount of staining on your teeth.
Wherever possible try to intersperse glasses of water in between the wine, not only will this help to reduce any potential hangover the following day, but it will also help to reduce the level of staining of your teeth.
Like wine, ordinary tea is rich in stain promoting tannins. Many dentists say that staining from tea can be an even bigger problem than staining from coffee as it is lower in tannins.
If you cannot bear the thought of giving up your morning brew why not consider switching to an herbal, green or white tea which have all been shown to have much less staining capacity.
Not only do you need to be concerned with the dark coloured fizzy drinks which have the ability to stain your teeth, lighter coloured drinks are sufficiently acidic that they promote the staining of teeth by other foods and drinks that you may have at the same time. Also, fizzy drinks are often drunk cold, and this has the effect of causing teeth to contract, making them more porous and easier to stain.
Dark sauces used to flavour foods can also have a staining effect. Soy Sauce, balsamic vinegar, and tomato sauces are often used sauces that can have a detrimental effect on the brightness of your smile.
One way to avoid staining is to eat lettuce, spinach, or broccoli at the start of your meal, these vegetables form a protective film over teeth so that foods that stain cannot seep into your teeth’s pores.
Blueberries, Blackberries, Cranberries, Cherries, and other intensely coloured fruit also have the potential to cause stains. This is true no matter what form they come in whether juices, smoothies, pies, or cakes.
Treatments Available to Remove Staining
Visit the hygienist
Here at Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre our highly qualified hygienists can help to make your smile dazzle. The hygienist will scale and polish your teeth to remove any plaque and calculus build up, helping to improve the appearance of staining. They will also advise you on lifestyle factors that may be affecting the health of your teeth and gums, such as smoking and will collaborate with you to put together an oral hygiene routine that will keep your teeth looking their best in between appointments.
At Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre, teeth whitening is one of our most popular dental treatments we offer. No matter how well you clean your teeth and avoid foods and drinks that may stain your teeth, your teeth will naturally darken with age. Teeth whitening is a safe, effective and an affordable treatment that can drastically improve the appearance of your teeth.
If you would like more help and advice on removing those unsightly stains from your teeth call today on 01622 682 029 to book your appointment at Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre and let our highly trained hygienists improve the appearance of your teeth.