You take care of your teeth really well. You floss and brush at least twice a day. So why, you wonder, do my teeth lose their luminescence after my dentist has cleaned and polished them? The reason and result are connected to what you eat and drink. The surface of teeth, called enamel, is porous, so it can absorb what is put on or passes by it.
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Here are some foods and beverages that can put a tinge on your pearly whites.
Even though you can’t imagine a day without a cup of coffee or tea, keep in mind that they can alter the appearance of your teeth. Even herbal and white teas are possible culprits. Red wine is an infamous stain-inducer
Sauces and gravies are tasty, but the dark-hued varieties, such as tomato, soy and curry, can do some damage. If your tongue can take on the color of a sweet treat—like a piece of hard candy, a frozen ice pop or chewing gum—your teeth can too.
Most sodas and sports drinks have dyes and are loaded with flavor-enhancing chemicals. They’re not your friends. Non-carbonated water is the best choice.
Who doesn’t enjoy vibrantly hued fruits such as cherries, blackberries, pomegranates and blueberries? Your teeth don’t.
Tinted food and drinks aren’t your teeth’s only enemies. So are enamel-weakening acids that set the stage for stains (and cavities!) to settle in. Most of the abovementioned items include acid.
The takeaway: When it comes to keeping stains off of your teeth, monitor the kinds of things and how much of them you put in your mouth.
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By Philip Shindler, DDS
November 22, 2021