Who doesn’t want whiter teeth and a brighter smile? Well, in addition to smoking and poor oral hygiene, there are other factors that are detrimental to the appearance of our teeth, such as some foods or beverages that we consume every day.
Whiter teeth? Pay attention to food!
Beyond brushing teeth, flossing and mouthwash, there are several factors that can come into play between us and our goal of having whiter teeth. Here are the main foods you should avoid if you want to have whiter teeth and a healthy smile:
Red wine: although extremely healthy (in moderate quantities), red wine is a danger to the shine of teeth, being well known the effect of black grapes (especially after fermentation) on the white of the teeth. But white wine is not superior either, with specialists from the New York School of Dentistry discovering that the teeth exposed to tea were stained to a greater extent if they were previously exposed to white wine. Even wine vinegar can have the same effect.
Sweets and candies: we all know that sweets are bad for the health of our teeth, but it’s hard to give them up. On caries wool, we can choose the staining of the teeth and its degradation. Chewing gum is also included in this category. Also, the sugar they contain encourages the multiplication of bacteria and causes an increased local inflammatory reaction. However, it is important not to consume them often, so they will not have negative effects in the long run.
Acidic and sports drinks: such drinks consumed frequently affect not only the appearance of the teeth, but also the enamel, leading quickly to dental erosion and also causing dental hypersensitivity. Of course, the color is also quite important, the most harmful being the carbonated juices of dark colors, but also the colorless ones can affect the enamel and thus allowing other foods to stain the tooth more easily.
Berries: Fruit pigments are the most powerful antioxidants, but the darker they are, the more they stain teeth. If you drink their juice, your teeth will turn darker and darker. So the indications are, if you consume fruit juice, to use a straw.
Highly colored sauces: such as soy, tomatoes or curry, should be avoided as much as possible to have whiter teeth, but as this is quite difficult… their consumption should be followed by intense brushing of the teeth.
Coffee: The darker the drinks consumed, the more likely they are to affect the whiteness of the teeth. To dilute it you can put milk in it. Pay close attention to black tea, because it can also whiten teeth.
Fruit juices : grape, pomegranate and blueberry juices are highly pigmented and stain teeth. It would be best to drink them with a straw so that they do not touch your teeth and attack your enamel.
How to keep your teeth white
First of all, you should avoid these foods, but you should also pay close attention to oral hygiene. Make a descaling once every 6 months or every time your dentist recommends it. Also, don’t forget that doctor visits are very important.
But do not overdo it with whitening treatments, because they can have the opposite effect if you abuse. Use a toothpaste suitable for your teeth and avoid very abrasive ones.
After the whitening treatment, use baking soda, combined with a pinch of salt and half a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide. Spread the mixture with the toothbrush on your teeth and leave it for a few minutes, then rinse your mouth.
Also, another natural solution for maintaining white teeth is the consumption of fruits and vegetables. Apples and carrots have the best effect: they clean the teeth, and the acid contained in moderate amounts can naturally whiten the teeth.