Many people will go to great lengths to ensure they have a bright and white smile. Between whitening toothpaste, in home treatments and cosmetic treatments at the dentist, white teeth are of utmost importance for a nice appearance. Certain foods you are eating though could be staining your teeth. Below, we have put together a short list of 5 foods that stain your teeth the most.
Coffee contains tannins which are responsible for discoloration of teeth. Plus, coffee is very acidic in its own right. This means that it breaks down the teeth faster. Any foods you eat after drinking coffee have a higher potential for staining your teeth.
- Red Wine
Just the same as coffee red wine also contains tannins. Unfortunately, red wine these has the tendency to make your teeth a grayish color that can be harder to get rid of once the teeth are stained. While your teeth may be stained, there are new studies that suggest red wine might actually help to prevent cavities.
Blueberries are a difficult food. While they are very healthy and packed full of antioxidants they also have the potential to stain your teeth. The deep and rich blue shades in the blueberries can do a number on your teeth causing unsightly stains.
Both iced tea and hot tea have the potential to stain your teeth. The same tannins are also in tea and are responsible for the same staining effect found in coffee and red wine. The type of tea you drink can also change the color your teeth appear. Drinking green tea will make your teeth appear gray while drinking black tea can make your teeth look yellow. Luckily research shows that adding a bit of milk to your tea can cut down the drink's ability to stain your teeth.
Not only is soda extremely acidic, it is also sugary. This can lead to tiny holes in the teeth where bacteria are free to breed and spread. The tiny holes eventually leave openings in your teeth for other foods you may eat after a soda to stain your teeth.
Sparkling white teeth aren't just nice to look at it, it's also a sign of healthy oral hygiene. If you're looking for cosmetic dentistry services, teeth whitening or would like more information on dental veneers, contact Dr. Mitchell Milan DDS, Birmingham Center for Cosmetic Dentistry today.