April 21, 2017
Why does it seem like the things we love the most are the ones we need the least? Perhaps that’s why we always hear the expression, “Everything in moderation.” Oh, the torture!
Okay, maybe that’s a little overdramatic. But let’s face it. When it comes to the food and drinks we most enjoy, it’s really tough to practice moderation, right? If it weren’t so difficult, then how do you explain the fact that diet and exercise gimmicks have become a billion dollar industry? It may be hard to do, but you understand that in order to maintain a certain level of health and attractiveness, you have to limit what you can eat and drink.
The same is true for maintaining a healthy, attractive smile. Like most of us, you always strive for your whitest smile. But there are so many things out there that stain our teeth, certain foods and drinks in particular, it can be quite the challenge. That’s why we’re sharing this blog today about which ones to limit if you want to maintain a white smile. Some of them you probably already know about. Others, however, may surprise you!
Foods & Drinks To Limit
Don’t panic. We aren’t suggesting you give these up entirely, but simply knowing they stain your teeth can help you make informed decisions when it comes to what you consume and how you care for your teeth in general.
Balsamic Vinegar Salad Dressing
Oh, what would a salad be without the dark, sweet goodness of this dressing drizzled over it? What’s more is that it’s even good for you, so it’s a win-win, right? Not exactly. Not only is its dark color enough to stain your teeth on its own, but the fact that it’s oil based only complicates matters. The oil is one of the things that allows that color to stick to your teeth. What you can do to keep the stains at bay is to rinse your mouth with water after eating it.
This one is probably no surprise to you. But if you’re a wine person, staying away from it may not be something you’re willing (or able!) to do. When you know that the dark red color stains your teeth, the dry mouth it causes due to dehydration, or the high sugar content in red wine, maybe you’d be more receptive to choosing an alternative.
Consider how vast the options are out there when it comes to alcohol. The most obvious change you could make is to switch to a white wine or a clear liquor. If the selection just doesn’t compare to your favorite dark wines, just make sure to drink water throughout the evening if you plan on drinking. You should also brush your teeth after the festivities.
Blueberries and blackberries are healthy, of course, but they also have strong stain power. In fact, dark berries were some of the first coloring agents used for dyeing fabrics. Is it any wonder they’d stain your teeth? Again, we don’t think you should avoid these natural foods, especially given their nutrients. But you should be careful about how much you consume, and remember to rinse your mouth with water afterwards.
This one may surprise you. You wouldn’t think that something like pasta sauce could stain your teeth because it’s not as if it’s something you eat on a daily basis. But red pasta sauce is highly acidic because of the tomatoes. It’s also full of hidden sugars. Put these together and you weaken your enamel and allow the dark tint of the sauce to stick to your teeth more easily. Eat pasta sauce in moderation, and remember to brush your teeth afterwards.
When it comes to things that stain your teeth, coffee is king. But asking a coffee drinker to give up their morning jump juice is probably a wasted effort. Coffee is a sacred part of your morning ritual, so why give it up? If you’re not willing to reduce your consumption, then you could at least curb the staining effects a bit by rinsing your mouth with water after your morning java, or take a travel size toothbrush and toothpaste so you can brush your teeth at work.