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Which Foods Are Really Staining Your Teeth?

teeth whiteningTeeth whitening is one of the best ways to put yourself on the track to career success. According to a survey, up to 74% of American adults report feeling an unattractive smile may harm their careers. Whether true or not, an unattractive smile can certainly put a lull in your self-confidence, which will definitely show during a job interview.

While a regular visit to the dentist and using the best teeth whitening products you can find may help your smile look on the bright side again, there are ways you can help to keep your teeth white naturally by avoiding stains.

The following are some of the most common foods and beverages to avoid in order to keep your teeth whitening products working and your teeth stains at bay:

  • Tea and Coffee: These caffeinated morning beverages contain tannins, which may be great for healing cuts, but are otherwise acidic. As a result, they can cause your teeth to stain and discolor while also causing damage to your teeth by altering the pH balance in your mouth. Try drinking your Morning Joe with a to-go lid in order to keep the drink off your teeth.
  • Berries: Specifically pomegranates, blackberries, and blueberries. Because of their extremely dark pigment, the juice from these berries can cause bad stains on your teeth just as they can cause horrible stains on your clothes. However, not all berries are bad. Strawberries contain malic acid, which can actually help to improve the brightness of your smile.
  • Wine: Red wine, like tea and coffee, contains tannins, which can stain and discolor your teeth. However, white wine doesn’t fare much better in the stain game. The acid content of white wine can cause pockets to form on the surface of your teeth, which allow stain-causing beverages to leave darker marks on your pearly whites.
  • Sugar: The sugar in sweets and other beverages such as soda can hold onto the surfaces of your teeth after you’ve finished eating. As a result, the bacteria in your mouth that feed on these sugars are then able to decay your teeth, which can leave dark stains.

By avoiding certain foods, you can help to keep your teeth looking white and healthy. Of course, the best preventative for teeth stains lies with your dentists. Be sure to find a dentist regularly for a routine cleaning in order to prevent damage to your teeth at the source.