4 Foods/Drinks to Avoid When Whitening Your Teeth

Teeth Staining Foods | Joel Lane Smith, DDS

If you’ve been using whitening toothpaste, mouthwash, and even whitening strips but still aren’t seeing the results that you desire, it might be time to take a step back and evaluate other aspects of your life, like your diet. What you consume has a big effect on your oral health. Not only will sugary foods contribute to cavities but dark drinks like coffee and tea can contribute to teeth stains, leaving you with a less than white smile. This article will discuss 4 foods/drinks to avoid when whitening your teeth.

  1. Coffee and Black Tea

Coffee and black tea are some of the harshest drinks on your teeth and can add yellowing stains to your otherwise beautiful smile. If you have a coffee or black tea addiction but are trying to whiten your teeth, step back and look at your priorities. Would you rather have a two hour caffeine buzz or a healthier, whiter smile? If coffee is your weakness, try switching to green tea in order to get your caffeine fix. Green tea doesn’t have the strong staining capabilities as it’s black counterpart, but still has caffeine.

  1. Sports Drinks

If you’re an avid athlete or simply just like the taste of sports drinks, it might be time to reconsider. A recent study conducted by General Dentistry concluded that the high acidic nature of sports drinks can cause teeth enamel to soften and easily contract teeth stains.

  1. Berries

Although high in antioxidants and other nutritional values, berries such as raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries can easily stain your teeth, causing them to look a little redder.

  1. Red Wine

Similar to berries, red wine is filled with healthy substances like resveratrol, yet similar to the damage it can cause on your white carpet, it can have the same effect on your white teeth. Try switching to white wine, or simply brush immediately after you consume a glass of your favorite red wine.

If you’re trying to get a whiter and healthier smile, but just can’t seem to get it to last, you might want to look at your diet and see if you are consuming any of the above things that might be damaging the whitening process. To learn more, contact a dental professional and schedule an appointment.

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