Limit Eating These Food for Whiter Teeth

Most of the time when people make a meal plan, they strive to ensure that it contains all the essential nutrients that they need to get through their day. They think about whether they’re getting all the veggies they need, how many carbohydrates are present, and whether there’s too much refined sugar. Most of the time, people don’t think about how the things that they put in their mouth affect their teeth, and how long it will take to remove the discoloration if they enjoy these foods on a regular basis.

Whitening our teeth has never been easier; there are home kits and quick dental treatments that are widely available today — but the easiest and cheapest way to take care of your teeth is to ensure that you don’t stain them in the first place. There are plenty of foods that you can eat that do minimal damage to teeth, but others will start to make an impact almost immediately. Here are some of the worst foods to avoid or limit if you want whiter teeth.

Red wine

It shouldn’t surprise you that red wine is terrible for your teeth. After one or two glasses, most people experience superficial staining of the teeth, gums, and lips, and if continued, regular indulgence can really change the pigmentation of teeth long-term. Anything that is darkly colored, like red wine or other dark beverages, can alter the pigmentation of teeth, causing unsightly stains that build up over time to a discoloration that doesn’t go away with brushing.

Red wine also contains lots of tannins, an astringent compound which is present in many different foods, and contributes to the dry, rich flavor profile of red wine. These tannins also contribute to stained teeth. If you love wine but want to avoid stains, chew on a healthy snack like almonds while you drink — it’s thought that the abrasion from the almond pieces in your mouth helps to buff off stains before they set.

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Unfortunately, even though eating berries is healthy, the dark colors of some berries (particularly blackberries, cranberries, and cherries) can be problematic for our teeth. The dark colors, combined with the fact that many berries contain tiny seeds that can easily get stuck between our teeth, makes berries a danger to the bright, white teeth that we strive for. Even berry juice and jam are problematic. If you enjoy eating berries on a regular basis, consider following up the berries with a glass of milk or a piece of cheese to help mitigate their staining effect and neutralize the acid in your mouth, then brushing your teeth to make sure that all the lingering pieces are gone.

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