Avoid These Foods to Get Whiter Teeth

Avoid These Foods to Get Whiter TeethA stained smile can often be brightened with teeth whitening, but discoloration can also usually be prevented in the first place. Avoiding the following foods and beverages will help keep your smile looking beautiful.

Coffee

Especially when consumed black, coffee can contribute to stained teeth due to its high content of tannins and acids. Adding sugar can compound this effect by increasing plaque, which holds onto stains. Drinking water after coffee may counter this problem at least partly.

Candy

Candy made of sugar, which drives plaque production, is also usually pigmented with food coloring that can stain teeth. Gummy bears and chewing gum are two examples in this category, but chocolate can also cause stains because of its natural tannins.

Berries

The natural coloration of many berries can turn teeth red or purple. The berries most likely to cause stains include cherries, blackberries, grapes, cranberries and blueberries. By contrast, strawberries can actually help remove stains.

Tea

Whether green or black, tea is a major source of tooth-discoloring tannins. As with coffee, the stains caused by tea can often be reduced or prevented by drinking water afterwards.

Wine

Red wine is easy to blame for tooth stains, but white wine also has this effect. Both are high in not only tannins but also acids, which etch the enamel and help stains take hold.

Although regular whitening treatments can help maintain your smile, moderating or eliminating your intake of these foods will also be a major boon to your teeth. You can learn more about common sources of tooth stains at a consultation with our dentist.

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