Foods You Can Avoid to Have Whiter Teeth

Foods You Can Avoid to Have Whiter Teeth

Foods You Can Avoid to Have Whiter Teeth

What you eat can make a big difference in the whiteness of your smile. Some foods and drinks contain natural or artificial dyes that could end up sticking around on your teeth a lot longer than you want them. Before you take another bite or drink, here is what you need to know.

Any food or drink that is likely to stain white cloth is also likely to leave stains on your teeth. Some of the most common offenders include:

1. Wine
Both white and red wines are likely to stain your teeth thanks to the high levels of tannins and chromogens they contain. If you drink more than a glass or two of wine a night, you may notice that your teeth are looking a bit gray. Try using wine wipes after your wine or pairing your wine with cheese, which can neutralize the acid and strengthen the enamel of your teeth.

2. Berries
Brightly colored berries are rich sources of antioxidants and other nutrients, but they are also notorious for staining your teeth. Blackberries, cranberries, blueberries, pomegranates, cherries, and grapes can all stain your teeth, so follow these berries with a glass of water to dilute the juices and flush stain-causing substances from your teeth.

3. Tea
Tea is high in fluoride, but it is also full of tannins, which stain your teeth. Drink with caution, and rinse with water when you are done.

4. Coffee
Coffee is highly acidic and highly staining. Rinse with water after drinking and try not to add sugar, cream, or artificial flavors, which can increase the acidity and staining effects even more.

5. Artificial dyes
Candies, gums, energy drinks, popsicles, soft drinks, and sports drinks are all loaded with sugar and artificial dyes, and many are high in acid as well. These can stain your teeth and feed oral bacteria, increasing your risk of cavities. Avoid them entirely whenever possible, and rinse with water when you cannot avoid them.

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