Proper oral hygiene is vital for maintaining a picture perfect smile, but the foods you eat can either whiten or discolour your teeth. The sad part is that most of these foods and drinks that stain or discolour your teeth are delicious and hard to give up. But once you know the foods to avoid for whiter teeth, you can devise ways to shun them completely or take them in moderation. We were curious to discover which foods and drinks tint and discolour our teeth. We did extensive research and curated a list of 7 foods and drinks you should cut back on or avoid. But first, let’s have a quick look at how teeth staining and discolouration occurs.
How Does Staining/Discoloration Occur?
Chromogens are compounds available in certain foods and drinks that give them their strong colour that causes teeth staining. Tannin (acidic polyphenols) is another substance in foods and beverages that make your teeth more vulnerable to staining. Acids alter the pH balance of your mouth making your teeth more susceptible to discolouration. It can take up 2 hours for your mouth to recover from enamel-harming acid. Eating or drinking sugary or acidic foods often gives your mouth less chance to recover from staining.
Let’s dive straight into our list of teeth staining foods:
1.Tea and Coffee
They both contain tannins that cause teeth staining. To counteract the staining, try adding a splash of milk in your glass of tea and coffee.
An occasional glass of wine is okay. But if you are a regular drinker of wine, especially red wine, be ready to deal with teeth discolouration.
Although they are active antioxidants, berries (raspberries, cranberries, blueberries and blackberries) can also stain your teeth. You don’t have to avoid berries completely, but consuming them with caution is advisable. This is because the bright pigments in berries can stain your enamel.
The citric and phosphoric acids and enamel wrecking sugar present in carbonated drinks blended with the dark-colouring make this beverage a definite no if you want whiter teeth. Try drinking sugar-laden beverages with a straw to reduce the damage.
5. Soy Sauce
Soy sauce is a favourite addition to any delectable stir-fry or sushi. What you probably don’t know is that the dark colouring present in Soy sauce can stain your teeth gradually.
Few of us can imagine taking sandwiches without pickles. Unfortunately, pickles are very acidic meaning that in a short span of time, they can adversely erode your enamel.
A spice popular with exotic dishes, curry is another cause of stained teeth. It possesses deep pigmentations that can discolour your teeth gradually. Try mixing fresh vegetables and fruits when dining on curry-spiced dishes.
The best way to keep your teeth pearl white is by not discolouring them in the first place. Never underestimate how the appearance of your teeth affects your image. If you cannot practice a healthy diet, you can reduce the damage by brushing your teeth right after eating them and flossing your teeth regularly.
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