Foods That Stain Your Teeth

Nowadays, one of the most common dental treatments being requested at dentists is teeth whitening. It’s easy to see why. A white smile radiates beauty, confidence, and health. However, with how common sweets, junk food, and fast food is now, maintaining that shiny smile might be a little harder than it used to be, especially if you have little time or have a sweet tooth. However, we feel that everyone should at least be aware of what can harm your teeth, so we’ve compiled a list of common drinks that can have an adverse effect on your teeth.

Coffee

Some people swear by coffee and for good reason too. It helps you wake up in the morning and keeps you alert for when you need the energy. Unfortunately, this substance can stain your teeth by getting into the microscopic pits and ridges in your teeth, and the dark color can stain your teeth over time. To avoid getting stained teeth from coffee, try drinking coffee all at once, rather than sipping it throughout the day. Once you’re done drinking, wash your mouth out with water or brush your teeth to minimize the staining effects.

Soda

Drinking pop is delicious, but for your teeth, it’s a dose of double-trouble. A combination of copious amounts of sugar mixed with phosphoric acid can erode away your tooth enamel, exposing the dentin underneath and causing your teeth to look more yellow. A good idea after drinking soda to reduce its effects on your teeth is to rinse your mouth out with water and using a straw to drink it to prevent contact between the drink and your teeth. Brushing your teeth also helps, but brushing immediately afterwards can actually be harmful to your teeth if it’s just been exposed to the eroding effects of acid.

Sweets

It’s pretty well-known that dentists don’t recommend sugar because it affects your teeth poorly. When you eat sugar, it sticks to your teeth. Bacteria that feed on this sugar produces acid, which erodes away your teeth. To reduce the effects of sugar, wash it out with water after eating, and keep the things you eat during mealtimes, so that you don’t expose your mouth to these acid attacks consistently throughout the day.

The good thing about teeth is that treatment is always available. Heavily stained teeth can still undergo professional teeth whitening at your local dentist to achieve that great natural shine.

Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry is located in Honolulu.