While you’re assuredly familiar with the fact that oral hygiene has a huge long-term impact on the way that your teeth look, you may not be quite as familiar to the fact that even the foods you eat can greatly affect your teeth as well. It’s true – many foods actually contain staining properties that can cause your teeth to lose their beautiful luster over time. As your Green Bay cosmetic dentist and dental team, we at Oral Health Associates would like to share with you some of these staining foods that you should watch out for as well as how to best defend against staining.
Teeth Staining Foods
Some of the foods that are most likely to stain your teeth are as follows:
- Red wine
- Sports drinks
- Energy drinks
- Citrus fruits
- Tomato sauce
How to Prevent Your Teeth from Staining
While the obvious best way to prevent your teeth from being stained is to avoid the foods that we previously mentioned, we understand that many people won’t want to completely give up some of their favorite foods. Thankfully, there are still many things that you can do to help decrease the chance that those foods will end up staining your teeth. We recommend doing the following:
- Brush Right After Eating – After you’ve eaten any foods that might stain your teeth, you should immediately brush your teeth. This will help remove the foods that are causing your teeth to be stained.
- Rinse Your Mouth Out – If you can’t brush after eating, you should at least try to rinse your mouth out. This can lessen the effect that foods have on staining your teeth.
- Use a Straw – If the staining foods that you consume happen to be drinks, we highly recommend using a straw. By using a straw, the drink will bypass your teeth, which will keep them from being stained.
If Your Teeth Are Already Stained
If you notice that your teeth are getting stained, it’s thankfully not the end of the world! Modern dentistry is capable of providing you with an excellent solution to your problem – teeth whitening. Your Green Bay cosmetic dentist is able to provide you with both in-office and at-home teeth whitening kits that can remove stains and make your teeth several shades brighter. It’s a simple and immediate treatment; after about an hour, you’ll notice highly visible results. We encourage you to try our effective teeth whitening treatment sometime!
Come and Visit Your Green Bay Cosmetic Dentist!
If you’re interested in our teeth whitening treatment or any of our other excellent cosmetic dentistry services, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with your Green Bay cosmetic dentist by giving us a call at (920) 437-3376. Alternatively, you can schedule a visit by filling out our online Request an Appointment! form. We can’t wait to see you and help give you a brighter smile!