The first step in a good defense against a yellowing smile is a robust oral hygiene routine. Twice daily brushing with an American Dental Association (ADA) approved toothpaste, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash are all integral in fighting stains and keeping your mouth healthy and happy! While slight yellowing of your teeth is normal with the passage of time, did you know that there are certain foods and behaviors that accelerate yellowing and can permanently stain your teeth? If you’re self-conscious about your grin, read on to learn how some of your favorite foods may be negatively impacting your smile!
Indian food is absolutely delicious, but one of the key spices found in Indian dishes and other exotic dishes across Asia may be doing your smile some harm. Curry has a deep yellow pigment that, with repeated exposure, can stain teeth over time. As a one-off meal, curry won’t do lasting damage, but if you find yourself eating a lot of it, try to mix in some stain-fighting foods like celery and apples to help your mouth wash away possible stains.
Berries have a multitude of health benefits, from increasing the strength of your heart to helping prevent Alzheimer’s disease. While the antioxidant benefits from this superfood are profound, darkly colored berries such as cranberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries can stain teeth over time. The deep, stain-causing pigments can also be found in the berries’ juice, jams, and jellies. To help fight against their stains, drink plenty of water alongside consuming them or brush your teeth soon after.
Italian food is famous the world over, and for good reason. Few flavors can match a robust tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, basil, and some carbohydrates! But did you know that tomatoes are more likely to stick to teeth and leave stains than other foods? The combination of high acidity, dark red hue, and sticky consistency means that tomatoes can latch on to teeth and change their color even after you’ve finished a meal. If you start your meal with a salad, however, you’ll help build up defenses against such stains! Leafy greens create a thin film over teeth that can help prevent other foods from sticking around.
Yet another super healthy food on our list, balsamic dressing is great for you in most areas except for the color of your teeth. While you shouldn’t shun this acidic topping entirely, it’s worth noting that its dark color and sticky consistency can darken teeth with repeated uses. As with our other foods, pairing your consumption of balsamic vinegar with crunchy vegetables and fruits like lettuce, celery, or carrots will help to defend against its staining qualities.
If you’re worried about the brightness of your smile, switching up your diet is one way to step toward a more confident smile! The fastest way to whiten teeth, however, is at the dentist’s office and we’ve got options for everyone!
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