If you start your morning with coffee or finish an evening off with red wine, you might be staining your teeth. These beverages, along with cola and many others, are notorious for causing extrinsic tooth stains. Many of our patients can ease the incidence of these stains with regular dental cleanings and comprehensive daily oral hygiene. However, we recommend that our patients consume tooth-staining beverages in moderation. Below are some tips for alternatives to your favorite drinks.
Like many Americans, you might not think twice about having a few cups of coffee every morning. It seems as if our culture is built around coffee. Despite its inviting aroma and morning energy boost, coffee can negatively affect your smile. If you’re looking to replace coffee or cut back on your java intake, add lean proteins and more vegetables to your diet. These foods help fuel your body with the energy you need to get through the day. Remember to drink eight to ten glasses of water a day as well. Water keeps your body hydrated and also dilutes harmful particles in your mouth. If you need extra boosts of energy, many people find B vitamins beneficial for sustaining energy levels and concentration. If you’re curious about adding B vitamin supplements to your diet, ask your doctor if they are right for you.
For some of us, there is nothing more relaxing than a glass of wine with friends after dinner. In moderation, wine has some health benefits because of its antioxidant properties. However, wine can also dull smiles. If you’re looking for a smile-friendly beverage to replace wine, try herbal teas. Many herbal blends with natural ingredients like chamomile and valerian root have a calming and relaxing effect on the body.
Although you can help prevent future stains on your teeth with these tips, existing stains may require teeth whitening. Dr. James Fondriest offers effective whitening systems that can conveniently brighten your smile at home while you sleep. To schedule a consultation, contact Lake Forest Dental Arts at (847) 234-0517. We brighten smiles in Winnetka, Glen View, Highland Park, the North Shore neighborhood of Chicago, and surrounding communities.