For all of the health benefits that proper dental hygiene and care provide, perhaps the thing many people care about the most regarding their dental health is how they look. Without proper care, our teeth are easily stained and can grow discolored over time. The best way to prevent this is to stay on top of oral hygiene, regularly brushing, flossing, and rinsing twice a day, and seeing a dentist to get your teeth cleaned twice a year. Beyond that, some foods and drinks can stain teeth more easily than others, and it is worth knowing what these are so they can either be avoided or their staining effects mitigated by brushing your teeth soon after consumption.
A good rule of thumb for whether a food or drink has the potential to stain your teeth is if the product has artificial coloring, it can cause staining. This will of course include things like many different sodas, juices, and candies – all foods it’s generally a good idea to consume with moderation anyways as they aren’t necessarily the most nutritious foods out there. Of course, processed food isn’t the only culprit out there when it comes to staining teeth, there are plenty of natural and organic foods and drinks that can also be troublesome. Many different fruits have the potential to stain teeth, like raspberries, blueberries, cherries, and pomegranates. Coffee is a popular drink that is absolutely notorious for the staining it can cause, especially without regular cleaning.
Of course, with so many popular foods, it is completely implausible to prevent staining by simply avoiding these foods and drinks forever; instead, it is best to mitigate or prevent staining by trying to brush soon after consumption (within half an hour is best.) Where that isn’t possible, it certainly isn’t the end of the world, so long as you keep up with your oral hygiene in general, and make sure to have your teeth cleaned at the dentist’s the recommended twice a year. To learn more about how to take care of your dental health, please visit our website today at www.morristownoralsurgery.com.