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Tooth Stain!

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Wanting to keep those pearly white teeth their whitest? You already know that it is important to brush and floss daily and to see a dentist on a regular basis — and to avoid smoking or chewing tobacco. You also should consider that certain foods and beverages will also stain your teeth.

  1. Wine – Red wine is an acidic beverage that is notorious for staining your teeth, but white wine also promotes staining.
  2. Black coffee and Black tea – The darker the beverage the more staining will occur. Herbal, green, and white teas are less likely to cause staining
  3. Berries – Blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, cherries, grapes, and pomegranates will also stain your teeth due to their intense colour.
  4. Curry – Tasty, but the yellow-staining food can be harsh on your teeth
  5. Soft Drinks – The high acidic levels promotes staining of your enamel

Just as there are many foods that can stain your teeth there are just as many foods that will help keep them  white. The best ones include carrots, celery, and apples. Vegetables such as lettuce, spinach and broccoli are also great at helping you keep that bright white smile.

Acidic Foods vs. Tooth Enamel

organicfruitMost people know that high sugar foods and drinks like candy and carbonate beverages are bad for your teeth, but the acidity of the foods we consume can also affect our teeth by damaging the enamel.

This includes lots of healthy foods that you may not realize can have an effect on your teeth, so it’s good to know how to balance out the pH levels of what we eat.

Fruits such as apples and oranges are surprisingly hard on your enamel. You just want to be sure to rinse the mouth afterwards. Diet drinks may not contain sugar but the acidity of diet carbonate drinks is extremely high, making it one of the worse products for your teeth. Here is a link for a list of foods and there acidity levels: http://www.pronamel.us/what_is_acid_erosion/about_acidic_foods.aspx

If you have any questions or concerns regard your teeth call Mount Pleasant Dental Group today to book an appointment