30 Nov Top 7 Food and Drinks That Stain Teeth
Did you know that your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you? It’s true—and even science backs us up on this. In a study conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 48% of people said that a smile is the most memorable thing about someone.
Our main takeaway from this? Smile more, and make sure that it’s a good one! The best way to do that, of course, is by taking care of it. But that means more than just practicing good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing after your meals. Many of the foods and drinks that we consume every day can stain our smiles, and cause damage to our teeth.
To help you avoid this, we here at Vanity Vault have listed the top seven offenders that can stain your teeth and drastically change your smile over time.
Sorry, coffee lovers. Your daily cup of joe may not be the best for your pearly whites. The acidity in coffee can actually lead to discoloration and even damage to your teeth.
But of course, this doesn’t mean that you have to give up the caffeine fix completely—just be aware of how much coffee you’re drinking on a daily basis. One or two cups is usually fine, but anything more than that can start to take its toll.
If you’re a fan of tea, then we have some good news for you—it’s not as bad as coffee. In fact, it has been shown to actually promote oral health!
But just because it isn’t as harmful as its bean-based counterpart doesn’t mean that tea is off the hook completely. Tea can be acidic too, and the tannins that are often found in tea can cause staining on your teeth.
Red Wine and Dark Berries
If you’re a fan of washing down your meals with red wine, there’s some bad news for you: the tannins in red wine are known to stain teeth over time. The acidity combined with the color of red wine can lead to a significant change in your smile.
But don’t worry—you can still enjoy the occasional glass of red and berries on your cereal. Just be sure to limit your intake, and brush after you eat.
This is probably the worst of the offenders on this list. The acidity in most sodas can cause significant staining and teeth erosion over time, particularly if they are dark-colored (e.g., cola). And as we all know too well: it’s not just the dark sodas that are an issue—any soda can be a culprit, even if it’s clear or lightly colored.
This is perhaps one of the most difficult things to give up, but if you want to protect your smile for as long as possible, it may be worth avoiding the soda.
Love oranges? Enjoy some lemon water in the morning? Well, we have another bummer for you: citrus fruits can leave stains on our teeth if we consume them regularly.
But don’t despair: just like with the other offenders, it’s not impossible to protect your teeth from staining—you just need to be aware of how often you’re eating citrus fruits and try to limit that as much as possible.
You probably know this already: sugar is bad for you. But more than just causing weight gain, sugar can cause some serious damage to your teeth—including cavities and tooth decay.
Of course, you don’t have to avoid sweets entirely. Just try not to indulge too often or in large amounts at a time. Moderation is key.
Between the acidity and the pigment, tomatoes can be a big problem for your teeth if you eat them regularly. But don’t worry: we’re not saying that you have to give up ketchup altogether!
Just try limiting how often and in what amounts you use it on your food. And of course, brush after eating any tomato-based meal or snack.
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