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Beware of the Foods that Stain Your Teeth

Teeth whitening treatments are highly popular and one of the most performed cosmetic dental procedures by dentists. Thenumbers of whitening treatments that take place each year have gone up by over 300% since 1996.

The color in the foods and beverages comes from chromogens, strongly pigmented molecules with an adverse desire for latching on to teeth enamel. Furthermore, the presence of chromogens is not the only thing that decides the staining on teeth.

Not only foods with bright color and Acidic foods and beverages endorse staining by eroding the dental enamel, but also the less strongly colored foods and beverages, temporarily soften teeth and make it easier for chromogens to stick on.
Listed are the foods and beverages that can be avoidable and reduced in consumption.

  1. Wine
    Any wine, Red or White is an acidic beverage that contains chromogens and tannins, which stain teeth.
  2. Tea
    The ordinary black tea that most people drink encourages teeth staining.
  3. Cola
    Also light colored carbonated beverages are acidic in nature and cause significant staining.
  4. Sports drinks
    Acidic sports drinks soften tooth enamel and set the platform for staining.
  5. Berries
    All types of berries like Blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, cherries, pomegranates, grapes and strongly colored fruits and juices causes stains.
  6. Beets
    Beet juice is a major culprit as it becomes concentrated causing staining.
  7. Sauces
    Tomato sauce, Soy sauce, curry sauce, are supposed to have considerable staining potential.
  8. Curry
    Though this delicious Indian spice is natural yellow or red in color it stains the teeth by leaving a tinge on the teeth.
  9. Sweets
    Hard candies, chewing gum, popsicles and other sweets have teeth-staining coloring agents. These dyes that color lips and tongue to a funny color are also affecting your teeth in a major way.

Paradoxically, many of these foods and beverages that stain teeth are full with antioxidants, which, of course, have significant health benefits. So if you are concerned about stained teeth, you would want to cut back on these foods and beverages rather than slash them entirely. Moderation in consumption and a balanced diet is vital.

There are also steps to be considered to minimize the contact between teeth and stain promoting foods and beverages.
Sip beverages like cola, juices and iced tea by a straw that will help minimize the contact with the front teeth especially.
Avoid retaining foods in your mouth for long periods of time.

Rinse your mouth with water after eating a stain causing food or a drink. For about 30 minutes after consuming anything acidic, the enamel on your teeth is at risk of scratch from tooth brushing. So rinse and then brush finely after every meal. You can also chew a sugarless gum, if you are unable to find a brush.

Minimize the contact of the teeth with potential teeth staining foods and beverages. Consume not frequently and in moderation and have a balanced diet for a healthy body and eventually carrying a healthy smile.