Teeth whitening is one of the services most in-demand from dentist offices, and for good reason, since there are many foods and habits capable of adding to the problem of teeth staining.
If you’re serious about keeping those pearly whites in mint condition, it’s important to make sure you’ve got the basics down pat first. Those are: Be sure to brush, floss and to see a dentist for regular checkups.
For example, wine, especially red wine, is one of the most common and well-known offenders. However, according to a study at New York University, white wine is also capable of the staining of teeth by making them more susceptible to other food and drinks.
Acidic drinks such as pop and sports drinks also cause stains by softening tooth enamel, and dark-colored versions of those drinks tend to make the problem even worse.
Other food and drinks that stain teeth include dark-colored sauces, sweets, coffee, and even dark-colored tea – although green, white, and herbal teas are much less likely to cause stains. Thankfully, there are various ways to negate, or at least minimize, the amount of staining that can easily be implemented into your day-to-day routine.
A good rule of thumb is to make sure that you avoid prolonged exposure to richly colored food and drink to your teeth whenever possible.
Swishing water around in your mouth after eating or drinking something that stains is wise, as it can buy some time for your enamel to re-harden before brushing. You can also help offset the possible damage by chewing sugarless gum sweetened with xylitol, which has been shown to have positive dental effects.
Using a straw for beverages that may stain your teeth is also smart, as it helps to keep them away from your particularly visible, and vulnerable, front teeth along with the others. Some of the worst teeth stains occur in people who keep a can of pop on their desk and sip all day long.
Finally, be sure to swallow deeply-colored foods quickly after chewing them thoroughly.
And don’t forget to call or stop by one of our nine convenient locations for more tips, or to visit us for a consultation on our teeth whitening techniques should the need arise.