A bright white smile is always preferable. Unfortunately, teeth often become dull, yellow and stained. This can be a problem for patients of all ages, but older smiles are the most at risk. As we get older, the white enamel of our teeth wears thin, which makes them the perfect sponge for soaking up food stains.
As an older adult, you may have to avoid some of the tooth staining culprits that you could freely eat and drink in your younger years. At the very least, you should be more mindful of brushing your teeth or rinsing with water after consuming these foods and beverages.
At Pure Dental Health, we want patients to retain their white smile for as long as possible. In doing so, we recommend that you be mindful of consuming the following on a daily basis:
Tea is a great way to warm your body, but it can also stain your smile. Tea contains tannins, which are the compounds in dark teas that discolor your teeth. If you love tea, try to stick with white or green teas instead of Earl Grey.
The same tannin compounds in dark teas, are also present in red wine. But before you make the switch to white wine, you should know that white wine has shown to be a catalyst in allowing other dark foods and drinks stain your teeth more easily.
Fruit is undeniably good for your body. However, when it comes to the color of your teeth, beware of dark berries, such as blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries.
One of the sneakiest culprits to tooth-staining is sauces. White rice may be completely safe for your white smile, but the soy sauce you put on top of it will slowly discolor your smile. Be mindful of tomato sauces, dark bottled marinades and many Asian sauces.
What if your teeth have already become stained? Don’t worry; we have a way to fix that at Pure Dental Health. Call today to ask about our advanced teeth whitening options in Marietta.
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