What you need to know about preventing stains on your teeth
Everyone knows that tobacco stains your teeth, and it’s obvious as you get older your teeth aren’t as white as they used to be. What’s not common knowledge are the foods which work to make your smile dull and stained. Your dentists at Today’s Dental in Houston, Texas want you to know what foods to avoid to keep your teeth at their whitest.
Your dentists at Today’s Dental recommend avoiding:
- Black tea- you can try adding milk, or switching to white or green tea
- Berries and cherries- try switching to light colored grapes
- Red wine- try switching to white wine
- Dark coffee- try adding milk or rinsing your mouth out
- Balsamic vinegar- try limiting use to salad dressing
- Tomato sauce- limit your intake because of the high acidity and pigment
Of course, if you consume any darkly pigmented food that may stain your teeth, including those listed above, you should always at least rinse out your mouth with water. This will get the food off of your teeth and limit staining.
Your dentists at Today’s Dental want you to know that ideally you should try to brush and floss after eating, however, that is not always possible. Try to carry a toothbrush with you to at least “dry brush” without toothpaste. This removes food particles and the friction of the brush will remove any light coating of staining material on your teeth.
If you do get stains on your teeth, or your teeth are yellowing due to aging, your dentists at Today’s Dental want you to know they can help with a professional strength tooth whitening treatment. Whitening treatments are a speedy way to lighten and brighten your smile. Treatments can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades and the results can last up to 5 years.
It’s difficult to avoid eating what you love, and who doesn’t want that first cup of coffee or tea? You can limit the staining by avoiding certain foods and drinks, or rinsing with water. If you have stained teeth, don’t worry! Help is just a phone call away from your dentists at Today’s Dental in Houston, Texas. Call today and enjoy a white smile tomorrow!