Foods to Avoid for Whiter Teeth

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Helotes Family Dentistry is all about helping our patients keep their smiles in excellent condition. After all, a bright smile is important to many people. There are a number of things you can do to protect your smile but ensuring that you have white teeth also includes avoiding food that can cause stains on your teeth. Some people have teeth that are more susceptible to staining so they have to be extra vigilant. Here is a list of foods to avoid for whiter teeth:

  • Wine

  • Most people know that red wine can stain your teeth, but white wine can also be problematic. White wine has an acid content that could produce dental stains.

  • Coffee & Tea

  • Coffee and tea are both common tooth-staining substances. If it is too difficult to give up your morning coffee or your afternoon tea, you might want to consider drinking with a straw. This will lower contact with your front teeth, but it will still hit your back teeth.

  • Sugary Foods

  • Sugar that is left on the teeth can attack the enamels. This can cause cavities and stain the teeth so you may want to think twice before eating that doughnut. Sometimes the temptation is too overwhelming so consider extra brushing when you indulge in sweets.

  • Berries

  • You don’t need to cut out berries from your diet completely. However, the bright pigment can stain teeth enamel. It’s something to consider when having berries for a mid-afternoon snack. Drinking water after consuming berries and brushing shortly afterward can reduce the risk of staining.

Remember to Take Care of Your Oral Health

It’s not enough to avoid teeth-staining food. It’s also important to participate in preventive dental care. Make sure to have a daily dental routine. You want to brush your teeth twice a day and floss regularly. You will also want to visit Helotes Family Dentistry for a dental exam and cleaning every six months. This will ensure that you are properly taking care of your teeth. A professional dental cleaning will help remove plaque and tartar, which could help prevent stained teeth.

Want to Whiten Up?

If teeth whitening is important to you, avoiding food that stains your teeth and taking care of your oral health is the first step. You can also take it a step further by getting professional whitening done. Our Helotes, TX dental team provides custom teeth whitening trays and one-visit teeth whitening. Contact our office to learn more about professional teeth whitening.

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