You no doubt value your healthy smile and wouldn’t knowingly do anything to ruin that integral aspect of who you are, but there is actually the chance that you are unwittingly doing just that by consuming certain beverages and foods that could be wreaking havoc on your pearly whites.
Here is a look at some of the tasty culprits that have a hidden agenda and could conceivably sabotage your smile, including a way to avoid tasty tomatoes terrorizing your teeth, why berries can be a problem, and how your coffee habit can cause real staining issues.
A pasta problem
A popular dish for many of us is a steaming hot bowl of freshly cooked pasta topped with a delicious tomato sauce.
There are plenty of good things to say about the healthy properties of tomatoes but the downside is that they can have a high level of acidity and they tend to cling to your teeth for as long as possible, meaning you are vulnerable to staining.
A good way to get around this problem so that you don’t have to give up the pasta sauce would be to consume some dark green vegetables like kale and spinach beforehand or go for a green salad as an appetizer, which will help protect your teeth when you tuck into the pasta dish.
A berry dilemma
The problem with tomatoes highlights the fact that even healthy foods can cause some staining issues, which doesn’t seem fair compared to the obvious negative effect of drinking a glass of cola.
Berries are another prime example of how a food with such proven health benefits such as antioxidants has the capacity to stain your teeth.
It is good to include berries in your diet, so regular consumption of cranberries, raspberries, and blackberries has its plus points, but the negative is these berries make the list of foods that could end up damaging your smile.
You might want to learn more about teeth whitening as one option to combat the effects of staining, but it would also be a good idea to try and combat the effects of certain foods.
When it comes to eating berries, a suggestion would be to avoid letting them linger in your mouth for too long and if you can have a serving of hard cheese or a glass of milk immediately afterward, this will help to neutralize the acid and strengthen your teeth at the same time.
The cost of your coffee habit
If you love your coffee it is going to be very hard to accept the consequences of your caffeine-fueled beverage, but it has to be pointed out that both tea and coffee are a problem when it comes to teeth staining, thanks to tannin.
The biomolecule called tannin is more than capable of creating some nasty discoloration damage to your teeth because of its acidic qualities. When you drink a cup of coffee you are likely to be altering the pH balance of your mouth, leaving your mouth more vulnerable if you then consume any acidic foods shortly after consuming your coffee.
You can’t be expected to give up all of these great tasting foods and beverages, but at least if you are aware of the issues they can cause with staining and making your teeth more vulnerable to damage, you can be more proactive in reducing the impact.
Good oral hygiene and consuming foods that neutralize their effect will help you to keep your smile.