You’re doing what you can to keep your teeth white:
But are you watching out for food and drinks that leave their mark long after you’re done enjoying them? Along with scheduling regular exams and cleanings at one of our Lexington, KY dentist offices, read on for how your grocery list might be derailing your efforts to maintain a bright smile.
Acids are a sneaky source of yellowing since they don’t technically stain your teeth. Instead, acids erode your enamel, allowing the yellow-colored dentin underneath to show through. And dentin cannot be whitened.
Enamel is the toughest substance in the human body, but it isn’t indestructible. And once it’s gone, it’s gone. A number of your favorites snacks are acid-heavy. How many of these are you chowing down on?
One of the most effective ways to counter and prevent acid erosion is fluoride treatment. In addition to using a fluoridated toothpaste, be sure to visit Beaumont Family Dentistry for a cleaning and polish, topped off with a fluoride treatment.
When you think about staining your teeth, you probably picture dark colored foods and drinks. What you’re thinking of is something called chromogens. These are the heavily pigmented compounds that like to stick to your teeth and turn them all kinds of colors – except white, unfortunately. Common foods full of chromogens include:
A thorough cleaning can go a long way in preventing and undoing the effects of stained teeth, but it may not be enough. Cosmetic dentistry options like whitening or veneers can erase the effects of your colorful diet.
Tannins are accomplices more than criminal offenders. These plant compounds are what enable chromogens to stick to your enamel. That’s why coffee and tea find themselves on so many lists like these. Your morning pick-me-up, whether green tea or black coffee, is full of stain-causing chromogens that are maximized by stain-enabling tannins.
Adding a few mouth-friendly choices to your meal plan can make a big difference in the hue of your teeth.
We’re never going to tell you to cut out entire food groups, even if that would keep your teeth nice and bright. Enjoying food is part of enjoying life! But limiting your intake of stainers without cutting them out entirely will go a long way toward keeping your teeth white.
If you do get a little too excited about the house wine being served with your favorite tomato sauce, come see us for Zoom! whitening. We’ll get your ivories back to white before you can say, “Now, That’s Italian!”
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