Your smile is one of the first things people see in you, and you always want it looking bright and white. The dental staff at Jason H. Ikeno, D.D.S. in Waipahu, HI, understands that bright, white teeth come from consistent dental care as well as avoiding certain foods that cause staining. If you want to keep a sparkling smile, consider limiting your intake of the following foods.
For stain-free, white teeth, here are five types of foods to avoid:
- Coffee & Tea: Can’t quit your caffeine? You might want to consider cutting back on your daily fix of coffee and tea if you want white teeth. Both coffee and tea contain chromogens and tannins, which stain teeth. Chromogens are pigmented compounds that stick to the enamel on your teeth. Tannins are compounds that make it easier for stains to stick to your teeth. The combination of these two compounds in your coffee and tea are the main factors that turn your teeth from white to yellow.
- Citrus Fruits & Acidic Food: Lemons, oranges, limes, and tomatoes are all acidic. These foods make the enamel on your teeth rougher and softer, allowing stains to set in. Once these foods start to break down the enamel, other foods or drinks you consume are able to penetrate the teeth and stain them more easily.
- Red Wine: Red wine contains a lot of antioxidants, but it also contains chromogens, tannins, and is acidic. These factors all contribute to stained teeth. You might think white wine is the better option, but it too is acidic and makes it easier for other foods to stain your teeth.
- Soda: Soda is normally on a dentist’s list of foods to avoid because of its high sugar content. It also makes the list of foods to avoid because it leads to staining. High in acid and tannins, soda erodes the enamel on teeth, eventually leading to dulling and staining over time.
- Berries: Dark berries like blueberries and blackberries are a healthy snack, but they also contain chromogens. Limiting your consumption of these fruits — especially after eating or drinking acidic foods — can decrease the staining on your teeth and keep your smile looking bright.
To help reduce the stains on your teeth, practice good oral hygiene, brush your teeth after eating or drinking, and schedule regular appointments with your dentist. If your smile is stained and you’re looking for bright, white teeth, call Jason H. Ikeno, D.D.S. at (808) 676-1520. For more on their dental services, visit them online.