Ways We May Be Staining Our Teeth (And Not Even Know It)

March 17, 2020

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There are plenty of ways to whiten your teeth, but one of the best things to do is to avoid stains as much as possible in the first place. Dark fruits, such as blueberries, blackberries, and pomegranates might taste delicious and be good for you, but they can wreak havoc on the brightness of your tooth enamel. The contain chromogens which produce a pigment that is difficult to rub off. Your best bet when it comes to enjoying a bowl of fruit is to stick to lighter colors that contain more water like cantaloupe and watermelon. Strawberries contain a malic acid, which can safely dissolve surface stains on teeth. Certain antibiotics or medications, such as tetracycline, minocycline, ciprofloxacin (Cipro) and doxycycline are known to discolor teeth. Mouth rinses and washes that contain chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium chloride are also common teeth-staining culprits, so check your labels or ask your dentist for his or her best recommendation. Curry gives Indian and Thai food their notorious flavors, but is also known to darken the coloring of teeth. If you’re ordering a curry-spiced meal, make sure to toss in fruits, vegetables, or starches that can help wear off the coloring on your teeth. Dressings or marinades consisting of balsamic vinegar as an ingredient can dull your pearly-white shade.  Just like with that curry dish, toss in as many crunchy add-ons as you can—lettuce, nuts, croutons, and snappy vegetables. That morning cup of coffee and after-work glass of cabernet may do a serious number on the color of your teeth. If these beverages are daily indulgences for you, drink lots of water to wash away those stains or chew crunchy vegetables to promote salivary flow, which also help to remove stains.

SOURCE: The Healthy

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