You've had a long day at work, you just got home, and the scent of a delicious dinner hits your nostrils as soon as you enter the front door. While this is something many of us look forward to towards the end of the day, did you know that some of the common foods found on our dinner plates stain our teeth?
At One Dental Care, you'll find that having the whitest smile means keeping up on your dental health. Of course, that includes staying away from foods and beverages that can change your pearly whites into a dull shade of gray over time!
Many Americans today are so busy that they don't have time to consider how some of the foods they're consuming are actively ruining the color of their teeth, opting to hopefully "brush it out" later. Unfortunately, some foods are more aggressive than others when it comes to damaging your teeth, and have already started to wear away at them by the time you (hopefully) remember to brush.
Take a look at four common dinner foods and drinks that can quickly pose a real dental dilemma to the color of your teeth below:
Sauces: Tomato sauce, soy sauce, curry sauce, and many other dinner sauces can stain your tooth's outer surface (enamel) and perpetuate the underlying tissue in your tooth (dentin) to begin to show its duller gray self prematurely.
Sweets: Many hard candies and other sweets - even chewing gum - carry teeth-staining ingredients. Typically, if a sugary treat turns your tongue a different color, it's probably adversely affecting the color of your teeth, too!
Wine: Red wine is an acidic beverage that carries two ingredients that are infamous for staining teeth. Called chromogens and tannins, these chemicals are aggressive in their attack on your teeth's enamel; white wine has been known to erode your teeth's natural white enamel, too.
Cola: Cola is also acidic and filled with chromogens, while even light-colored soft drinks are so acidic they're akin to battery acid. Considering that cola can lead to a whole lot more health problems than just stained teeth, you might be best served to skip the dinner-time colas from here on out.
For more information on some of the common foods and beverages that you should avoid if you want to retain your teeth's natural white look, give One Dental Care a call at (978) 667-0691 today for lasting dental solutions right here in Billerica, MA!