If you’ve noticed stains and discolouration on your teeth, it’s possible that some of your food and drink choices are contributing factors.
We all want beautiful, bright smiles, but it is common for stains and discolouration to develop on the teeth over time. Often caused by the foods and drinks that we consume, the discolouration can, fortunately, often be treated with a whitening treatment. But, to help you minimise stains on the enamel of your teeth, we have put together a list of the most common culprits when it comes to discolouration.
The cooler weather may have you dreaming of comforting pastas, but do bear in mind that tomato sauces tend to leave stains on the enamel of the teeth. Tomatoes are both acidic and brightly coloured, and tomato-based pasta sauces can really stick to the teeth. To minimise the effects, try and start your meal with a salad of green vegetables like spinach and kale, as these can help by forming a protective layer over the teeth.
Curry can cause a similar problem, particularly if you eat highly pigmented varieties often. Enjoy spiced foods occasionally, and try and eat them with side dishes made with fresh vegetables like carrots, celery and cauliflower, which can help to minimise stains.
Although they are packed with nutrients, highly pigmented berries like blueberries, blackberries, cherries, raspberries and cranberries often cause stains on the teeth. This doesn’t mean you should avoid them altogether — they make a great healthy addition to a smoothie, and are delicious in jams and juices — but just try and remember to rinse your mouth or drink some water after eating them. The longer that remnants of these types of dark berries remain in your mouth and in contact with your teeth, the greater the chance they will leave stains. A small piece of cheese or some milk can also help to neutralise their effect, so consider following your berry snack with a little dairy treat.
If you enjoy a splash of balsamic vinegar on your salad, you’ll know that it makes a great low-calorie dressing. Unfortunately, however, this particular type of vinegar can cause stains on the teeth because of its dark colour. The best bet is to pair your balsamic dressing with plenty of crunchy salad vegetables, like lettuce, cucumber, celery and carrot. Chewing on the crunchy vegetables will help to promote the production of saliva in your mouth and clean your teeth as you eat.
Hot and cold drinks
Soda tends to be quite acidic, which means that it can cause tooth discolouration and also make the enamel more prone to staining than before. Other drinks that sometimes contribute to staining include sports drinks and wine. There’s no need to cut these drinks out completely but try and enjoy them in moderation only. It’s always a good idea to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, so make H20 your beverage of choice as much as possible.
No one wants to hear that their favourite warm beverage could be the cause of their teeth discolouration, but unfortunately both tea and coffee can cause stains and enamel erosion. Enjoy a cup or two, but limit your intake for the sake of your teeth.
Fortunately, stains and discolouration can often be resolved with a professional whitening treatment. Whitening treatments are safe and effective, and can often remove stains without causing any damage to the teeth and gums. To find out more about the whitening treatments that we offer, please take a look here.
Before you decide to whiten your teeth, we recommend that you come in for a personal consultation so that we can determine whether or not the treatment is right for you. We will examine your teeth and confirm the cause of your stains before recommending a cosmetic solution. To arrange a consultation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.