A white smile is the goal that everyone shoots for. That is because nature intended for our teeth to be white, but if that is the case, then why are there so many foods and drinks out there that turn our teeth a different color? And why do those foods and drinks have to be so high on the list of what we love to consume? Today, we’ll share these foods and drinks with you and look at how you can combat their effects to keep your teeth pearly white.
What Should You Limit in Your Diet for White Teeth?
Here are some of the foods and drinks that may have an adverse effect on the color of your smile. We know you can’t quit these completely, but you can be aware of what they can do and be prepared to take care of your teeth when you do consume them.
Coffee – Every working adult who has to get up and go to work (or even stays home!) knows that giving up coffee completely is totally unrealistic. It is not going to happen, we know this. The smell of coffee is too good to those who are trying to wake up, and the effect of the caffeine it provides is vital to giving us energy. So, when you drink coffee, we suggest you rinse your mouth out after you finish. This will help keep staining to a minimum. If you really want to give your smile a fighting chance against the staining nature of coffee, bring a travel-size toothpaste and toothbrush to work. You can brush the coffee residue away and keep the bright, healthy smile you have.
Tea – This one may be surprising to some people. Tea is kind of seen as the older, more civilized cousin of coffee. As this cousin of coffee, tea can also really damage the color of your teeth. Some of this damage occurs because people don’t expect it from tea, so they don’t take care to clean their teeth after they have had a glass or pot of tea. In some cases, tea is even more damaging than coffee is. To help ease its effects on your smile, be sure to rinse your mouth after consuming tea. Water will rinse the stain-causing elements off your teeth and help preserve their color. You can brush afterward as well.
Red Wine – At any adult party you go to, there is always that one person you know absolutely loves red wine. Their affinity for the beverage is literally written all over their face – in the form of purple teeth from having several glasses. Red wine can kill your white smile. Keeping the effects of red wine at bay can be done in several ways. The first is to switch to a white wine or a different drink altogether. There are many kinds of alcoholic beverages. Find one that does not leave such an indelible mark on your smile. If you’re deadset on drinking red wine, however, be sure to rinse your mouth out periodically while you are drinking. This will limit the damaging effects that the wine can have on your tooth color. Another thing to do is brush your teeth as soon as possible once you conclude your drinking for the evening.
Natural Berries – This makes sense based on what you just read about red wine. Natural berries were used in ancient cultures to dye clothes different colors, so it stands to reason that they would have the same effect when it comes to your teeth. Deeply hued berries such as blueberries and blackberries can be very damaging to the whiteness of your teeth. Rinse with water after eating, and attempt to be judicious with your consumption of these dark types of berries.
Balsamic Vinegar – We know this tastes great on a salad and we know that it is healthy, but it will hurt the color of your teeth if you are not careful. The darker color of the vinegar will dampen the white look of your smile, and in a dressing, the oil lets it stick to the surface of your teeth more easily. Rinse your mouth thoroughly and brush soon after eating.
So, there are five foods that you should avoid to keep your smile bright. If you really want to ensure your smile stays white without giving up these foods, ask about our professional teeth whitening. Call our Panama City, FL office at 850-588-0185 to schedule an appointment, and check back next time to find out other foods that can damage or help your smile.