Skip to main content

Avoid These Foods if You Want a Whiter Smile

Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you. It helps you look friendly and confident. If your beaming white grin is natural, or if you invested in professional teeth whitening to restore it, the foods and beverages you consume can gradually discolor your teeth, reducing their luster and shine. 

Here at Chester Family Dentistry in Warren, Ohio, Ana Chester, DDS and Amy Caicco, DDS not only offer professional teeth whitening treatments but also provide advice on how to maintain your bright white smile.  

Stay away from dark foods and beverages

Dark-colored foods and drinks are common culprits of tooth discoloration. For example, red wine, coffee, and sodas have high pigmentation. The deluge of pigments rinsing against your teeth can stain your enamel and make your teeth look yellowish and dull. Dark-colored foods often contain chromogens — compounds with intense pigments that can cling to tooth enamel. 

You can slow the effects of discoloration by cutting back on the quantities you consume of the following foods and beverages:

Many people think that coffee is the biggest offender when it comes to tooth discoloration. However, many teas have tannins or tannoids. These plant-based compounds help stains stick to your teeth and accelerate tooth discoloration. 

Protect your teeth — limit acidic ingredients

The acids found in many delicious foods can increase your dental enamel’s vulnerability to staining. Acidic foods can chemically erode enamel and leave behind rough patches. Rough patches on your enamel not only absorb staining ingredients but also attract bacteria. To add insult to injury, thinning enamel also allows the darker-toned dentin inside your teeth to show. 

Some of the most common, highly acidic foods that contribute to dental staining include:

Good news — some foods neutralize the effects

Even with the best intentions, you won’t be able to avoid all the foods and drinks that cause tooth discoloration. However, you can offset the damage these products cause by eating foods that neutralize the staining effects and help keep your teeth white. 

Add these foods to your diet to protect your teeth and keep your smile bright:

One more tip? Drink dark beverages through a straw to help keep these staining liquids away from your teeth.

Stop using tobacco

Tobacco products are terrible for your health in so many ways. In addition to increasing your risk of cancer, chewing tobacco and cigarettes can produce brownish and yellow teeth and foul-smelling breath. Give up chewing tobacco and smoking to gain both a more attractive smile and a healthier body.

Keep your teeth clean

Keeping your teeth clean can also help reduce the staining effects of the foods you eat. Brush your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day or after every meal, if possible, and floss at least once a day. If brushing your teeth after every meal isn’t practical, at least take a moment to rinse out your mouth with water. Rinsing can increase your saliva production, which stops food and beverages from sticking to your tooth enamel. 

Also, make sure to schedule your routine professional teeth cleaning appointments. At-home dental cleaning is critical to protecting the health and appearance of your teeth, but nothing cleans your teeth as thoroughly as one of our professional hygienists. 

Call Chester Family Dentistry at 330-331-9026, or schedule an appointment online today for expert dental care, including teeth whitening and dental cleaning. 

You Might Also Enjoy...

How to Prevent Tooth Loss as You Age

Getting older doesn’t mean losing your teeth. Even though natural changes to your oral health are inevitable, you can learn the steps to maintain healthy teeth and prevent tooth loss as you age.
When to Choose Dental Implants Over Dentures

When to Choose Dental Implants Over Dentures

You have several options when you need to replace missing teeth. Dentures and dental implants are two common solutions. But which one should you choose? When are implants a better choice than dentures?
4 Conditions that Respond Well to Clear Aligners

4 Conditions that Respond Well to Clear Aligners

If you’re thinking of orthodontia, consider the possibilities of our revolutionary clear aligner system. Learn more about Invisalign, as well as conditions that respond well to the treatment by reading on.
4 Common Signs of a Tooth or Gum Infection

4 Common Signs of a Tooth or Gum Infection

Infections can develop anywhere in your body, including your mouth, but how do you know if you’re dealing with one? Read on to learn more about four common signs of a tooth or gum infection.

The Dangers of Sleep Apnea

Could your health be at risk from sleep apnea? Sleep apnea means more than just snoring and can become a serious problem for your health. Read to learn more about the real risks of sleep apnea.