Why are whiter teeth important to many individuals, especially adults? That’s because in today’s society, many tend to perceive people with whiter teeth as being more psychologically adjusted, smarter, socially competent and more. In addition, some would also say that having a brighter smile may lead to more success in one’s personal and professional life.

At Arcadia Dental, we specialize in teeth whitening in Franklin. The professional whitening techniques that we implement include in-office whitening and tray whitening. Besides helping our clients to achieve pearly whites through our dental procedures, we often dish out extra advice to help our clients maintain their results. For example, when it comes to maintaining a bright and white smile, you should find out which foods and drinks stain your teeth so that you can avoid them as much as possible. Let’s find out which foods made the naughty list so that you can avoid tarnishing and tinting your pearly whites.

Red and white wine

Studies have shown that wine can cause teeth to become discolored (varying shades of gray), and these hues are harder to remove than your usual yellowish stains. The cause is the same pesky tannins that are found in tea and coffee. While your favorite glass of red may not help maintain your pearly whites, they do help fight cavities. As long as you drink red wine in moderation, you will be fine.

Red wines are not the only culprits of staining teeth but white wines play a part as well. Yes, white wines such as Sauvignon Blanc can also contribute to the discoloration of your teeth. The keyword here is “contribute” as white wines do not actually cause the stains. Its acidic content creates little pockets on the surface of your tooth, which allows other beverages to seep in deeper.

Pomegranates, blackberries, and blueberries

While blueberries, blackberries, and pomegranates are chock-full of antioxidants, these berries are richly pigmented and can entail a serious stain effect. If you are fond of mini superfoods like these, you should keep in mind that if it is difficult to remove the “stain” of the food’s “clothing”, it is going to be equally difficult to remove it from your teeth. Again, moderation is the name of the game.

Coffee and tea

The cure for tired mornings – the drink made for java junkies! Coffee, while delicious, contains tannins or acidic polyphenols that lead to discoloration and staining. Because it is also acidic, the beverage can also alter the pH balance of your mouth. This means that other acidic foods you eat afterward, accelerates the damage done to your teeth. When you drink coffee, even drinking through a straw will not be a good solution. A better way to drink coffee is with a to-go lid. This helps to cut back on the acidic-environment situation as well as preventing fine lines from forming when you pucker your lips to sip from a straw.

Tea, on the other hand, also contains tannins. These staining saboteurs can be found in chamomile tea, green tea, black tea and more. For example, black tea can stain your teeth yellow and green tea can stain your teeth gray.

Soda

Beverages that are laden with high amounts of sugar allow bacteria to thrive in your mouth and releases damaging acids. Sodas are perfect examples as they give the bacteria in your mouth plenty to feed off of. However, that is not all the damage they can do. Since they are carbonated, they are acidic and can create holes in the teeth. If you think sugar-free versions of your favorite beverages will solve the problem, the answer is “no.”

Sweets

Hard candy and chocolate chip cookies, what do you think of them? If the word “delicious” or “tasty” comes to mind, you should note that the sugars in these delicious treats can latch onto your teeth and become the main course for the bacteria that lives in your mouth. When you allow bacteria to feed off these sugars, acids linked to tooth decay are released. Tooth decay can cause black holes to form in your poor teeth.

Now that you know the types of food to avoid, you can be even surer that nothing can affect your teeth whitening results as long as you stay prudent on your dietary choices!