Your teeth play an important role in your smile. Many people depend on looking their best for personal reasons or sometimes it plays a positive role in their career. Understanding what foods can stain your teeth over time and stain them permanently is good to know.
Foods You May Not Know That Stain Your Teeth
Citric fruits and coffee can be a regular part of many people's daily routine. Some coffee in the morning, followed by sipping some lemon-flavored water is the norm for many. The acids found in citrus are very common in eating away the protective enamel of your teeth. Coffee isn't as acidic, but it contains tannins like the ones used to brown leather.
Over time it will begin to brown your teeth. Sweets are a must to mention. When you consume even a small amount of sugar. The pH level inside your mouth drops to an eroding level. When your mouth is facing erosion, it becomes an easy target for stains.
Drinks That Cause Staining
We have already mentioned coffee, but your other fruity drinks like pomegranate, blueberry and blackberry have dark staining properties that can easily discolor your teeth. Most people have heard that red wine has staining properties, but so does white wine. It contains high acidic properties that eat pockets of enamel away from your teeth. This leaves them open for staining from other food and drinks you consume.
If you are going to snack or sip on drinks throughout the day. The best is unsweetened tea or water for a safe beverage. Strawberries and cheese are at the top of the list for safe snacking. If you would like more information or you are dealing with stained teeth. Give us a call today, we can discuss options to get your shade of white back.
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