Brushing your teeth and practicing good dental hygiene is important for keeping your teeth healthy and white. But, it's not the only way to keep your teeth white. There are several different foods that you can eat that will help clean stains off your teeth and prevent foods from staining your teeth.
There are fruits and vegetables that gently scrub your teeth as you eat them, which will remove food particles and stains from things like coffee, wine, juice or soda. Additionally these food stimulate your mouth to produce more saliva. The saliva will help wash your teeth and keep new stains from forming. So fruits and vegetables aren't just good for you because they contain vitamins and minerals, they are good for you because they will also clean your teeth and make them strong.
You have probably been told over the years to limit how much fruit you eat because the natural sugar in fruit can cause tooth decay and other problems. But the natural sugar in fruit doesn't damage your teeth the way that processed sugar does so you can have more fruit than you think.
Apples, strawberries and kiwi fruit are fruits that you can eat every day to clean your teeth and keep them healthy. Because these fruits are also high in Vitamin C they will keep your gums healthy too, which is an added bonus. An apple a day won't just keep the doctor away, it will keep the dentist away too.
Are you eating enough vegetables each day? Most people aren't. Adding vegetables like cauliflower, carrots and broccoli to your diet will make your teeth whiter and healthier. Pumpkins, sweet potatoes and cucumbers will also keep your teeth clean and your mouth healthy.
There are many delicious ways to make these vegetables part of your diet. Just adding cucumbers to a salad or replacing chips with carrots and eating them with dip as a snack is all you need to do to whiten your teeth every day. Start adding these fruits and vegetables to your diet and you will notice quickly how much better your teeth look.
Red wine is notorious for staining teeth. The acids in wine eat away at tooth enamel, creating rough spots that make teeth more vulnerable to staining. And it also contains chromogens and tannins, which help the color stick to your teeth.
Like wine, tea and coffee are rich in acidity and stain-promoting tannins. Pigments from these dark-colored drinks become embedded in the microscopic pits and ridges of your tooth enamel, causing permanent, yellowing stains on your teeth.
Acidic and chromogen-rich soft drinks can also cause significant staining. Recent research has found that highly acidic drinks - like sports or energy drinks - can erode tooth enamel, setting the stage for staining. In fact,the acidity in some carbonated drinks is so intense that it actually compares to the acidity in battery acid!
Ingredients include ammonia, hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide, as well as other poisonous chemicals like nicotine and tar. When a cigarette is lit, these substances start burning, which changes their chemical properties. When inhaled, smoke passes through the mouth, leaving a sticky residue on the teeth, and instant staining.
Hard candies, chewing gum, popsicles and other sweets often contain teeth-staining coloring agents. If your tongue turns a funny color, there’s a good chance that your teeth will be affected, too.
Tooth staining is also caused by antibiotics, such as tetracycline, which discolors the tooth enamel itself. So if you’ve been heavy on the antibiotics in recent years, there’s a good chance that it has contributed to any discoloration.
Hi, my name is Lucy Bennett, and I'm a former dental nurse.
I've worked alongside 6 different dental practitioners during my 17 years in the industry, and I've seen more than 2500 teeth whitening procedures first-hand and up-close - and believe me, it hasn't been pretty to watch!
In fact, I will NEVER have my teeth whitened by a dentist, and I'll be telling you in just a moment.
But before I do, it’s crucial that you first understand exactly what kinds of food and drink lead to tooth discoloration in the first place - so you can at least stop your teeth from getting any worse...