Everyone wants a beautiful smile, and bright teeth are a big part of the package. That’s why products like at-home whitening systems and whitening toothpaste are so popular. But many of the foods and drinks we consume can stain our teeth and take away from their beauty.
Below are five of the main drink offenders:
- Black Coffee: If you’re a hardcore coffee drinker, you probably like it black. But the darker your coffee is, the worse the stains. Add some milk or soy milk to your coffee to cut down on stains and add a boost of vitamins and minerals.
- Tea: Maybe you’ve switched from coffee to tea because of health benefits like antioxidants and tannins (compounds that attack bacteria and plaque). But black tea causes teeth stains on your teeth. Try green, white, and herbal teas instead.
- Red Wine: Like tea, red wine contains tannins. Red wine also contains polyphenols, which help prevent gum disease. But polyphenols also cause staining. The alcohol in red wine is highly acidic, which wears away your enamel, too.
- Sodas: Dark soft drinks contain coloring, which stains teeth, as well as phosphoric acid, citric acid, and sugar. Ice cold sodas pose another threat because they make your enamel porous.
- Cranberry Juice: Dark juices contain nutrients, but they can make your teeth yellow. Cranberry juice, in particular, often contains high amounts of sugar to offset the bitterness of the fruit.
If you do choose to drink any of these beverages, use a straw and/or rinse your mouth with water afterwards.
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Dr. James Fondriest is a skilled cosmetic dentist in Lake Forest, IL. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Fondriest, call Lake Forest Dental Arts at 847.234.0517. Dr. Fondriest serves patients from the greater Chicago area, as well as the North Shore suburbs of Winnetka, Highland Park, Glenview, Lincolnshire, Grayslake, and nearby towns.
Special thanks to Healthy Reader for the article Foods That Stain Teeth.