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How to Keep Your Teeth Stain-Free

It’s the holiday season and everyone is tempted to eat, drink and be merry. But did you know what you eat and drink has a big impact on the whiteness of your teeth? Although some foods and drinks stain teeth, it’s less well known that others can help keep your smile bright.

Foods That Stain Your Teeth
Anything that leaves a mark on your hands or clothes can also stain your teeth. Sadly, several well-loved favorites top the list:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Red and white wine
  • Grape or cranberry juice
  • Blueberries
  • Beets
  • Soy sauce
  • Tomato sauce

You don’t have to avoid these foods altogether, but it’s a good idea to brush or rinse your mouth thoroughly after eating them.

Foods That Prevent Teeth Stains
Some common fruits and vegetables actually scrub your teeth gently while you chew them. They also make you produce saliva, which neutralizes acid and cleans your mouth. Stain-preventing fruits and vegetables include:

  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cauliflower
  • Cranberries

Other Ways to Keep Teeth Bright

  • Drink with a straw. When you drink soda, juice, or iced coffee or tea, using a straw helps keep the liquid away from the visible front surfaces of your teeth.
  • Brush, floss, and rinse. Plaque makes your teeth sticky and gives stains something to hold on to. Brushing twice daily, flossing, and using an antibacterial mouth rinse twice a day will help you fight plaque and, therefore, make your teeth less likely to stain.
  • Get your teeth professionally cleaned. At least twice a year, make an appointment for a thorough cleaning. Clean teeth look brighter.
  • Don’t smoke. Whether you chew it or smoke it, tobacco stains teeth.

When to Whiten
Still frustrated by stains? We have options! Give us a call to find out if you are a good candidate for professional teeth whitening. Remember, proper tooth care can help keep your teeth bright. So eat, drink, and be merry—and brush your teeth regularly!