While it seems like some people are naturally blessed with a beautiful white smile, what a lot of people don’t realize is the impact certain foods can have on your teeth. The truth is that many people with “naturally” white teeth consistently choose foods that don’t tear away at the surface of enamel (the outer layer surface of our teeth) and avoid staining.
At Cloverdale Dental Group, we offer teeth whitening services at our Etobicoke dental office for long-lasting, strong results. However, for optimum results, we do also recommend learning about the foods that stain your teeth and following a diet that minimizes these as much as possible.
For those who are interested in teeth whitening, following a diet that promotes healthy enamel will complement your Etobicoke dental services, strengthen your results and promote healthy teeth. At Cloverdale Dental Group, we want to make sure you’re happy with your treatment and are able to achieve that beautiful white smile you’ve always wanted. We’ve created a list of foods to avoid, indulge in and tips and tricks.
There are a lot of foods that cause staining, some more obvious than others. While culprits like sugar, red wine, coffee and gum are more obvious, there are a lot of foods and beverages many don’t know about. Tea, berries, heavy sauces and even fruits and vegetables can also tear away at your enamel and cause discoloration.
Genetically speaking, some people are born with thicker enamel than others, making them less prone to discoloring and often having brighter smiles. Age can cause discoloring as growing older causes our enamel to get thinner and make our teeth appear more yellow. Smoking cigarettes is a common factor for discoloration, and certain illnesses and medical treatments can also contribute.
While we can’t control all of these factors like genetics and age, you can take measures to prevent or lessen the effects of discoloration and make your smile as bright as possible. If you do indulge in any beverages that cause staining, use a straw. After eating or drinking rinse your mouth with water and brush your teeth if you can. Try to avoid smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco.
It’s also important to practice good hygiene and regularly floss and brush your teeth and have your teeth professionally cleaned. At Cloverdale Dental Group, our Etobicoke dental services offer high-quality dental cleaning and teeth whitening treatments if you’re looking to keep your teeth as bright and healthy as possible.