5 Foods You Love That Stain Your Teeth (And What To Do About It)
You know what they say.
"You can't always get what you want."
If I had it my way ... Coffee would keep our teeth bright white!
But we can't always get what we want.
The truth is ... Coffee is actually one of the worst teeth-staining culprits out there.
And it's not acting alone either.
Coffee is just one of the popular foods and drinks we all love that don't love our teeth back.
And sometimes, we don't even know they're ruining our smiles!
Don't worry though, I've got your back.
I've compiled a list of the most common teeth-stainers out there so you can stay informed.
(and I'll also tell you what you can do to keep your smile bright white.)
Culprit 1) Coffee and its teeth-staining polyphenols.
Let me give you the quick 101 on how coffee stains your teeth.
When you look in the mirror, your teeth may seem flat and smooth.
But on the microscopic level, your enamel is full of cracks and ridges.
And tiny colored particles, like polyphenols in coffee, can become trapped in your enamel.
Yep, you guessed it.
Ugly, yellow, discolored stains on your teeth.
Culprit 2) Tea ... It's worse than coffee?!
You better believe it.
Every type of tea can stain your teeth.
Black, green, white, you name it.
That's because they're loaded with plant-based compounds called tannins.
Great for your health, but not for your smile.
Culprit 3) Wine ... no, not you too!
Let's start with red wine.
It contains tannins like tea.
It's also full of sticky chromogens ... also known as "substance which can be readily converted into a dye or other colored compound."
And it's also acidic!
That's 3 strikes for red wine.
White wine is slightly better ... but its acidity can increase your risk of staining your teeth.
And how does acidity help stain your teeth?
You're about to find out ...
Culprit 4) Soft drinks and beverages - fizzing away your teeth since grade school.
Most fizzy soft drinks are acidic.
They dissolve your enamels and make them rougher.
This makes it more likely for colored compounds to get trapped in your teeth.
And like red wine, some dark-colored drinks contain chromogens.
So in conclusion, soft drinks are really bad for your smile.
(P.S. You can avoid some of the damage by using a straw.)
Culprit 5) Berries - at least they're great for your health!
Berries are full of teeth-staining chromogens.
Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries ... all the berries.
It doesn't matter whether they're eaten whole, drunk as juice, or spread as jam.
They all stain your teeth.
But they're great for your health, and that's important too.
So what can we do about it all?
Here's how you can keep your teeth bright and stain-free.
I don't know about you, but I'm not giving up coffee (or wine).
And you don't have to either.
That's right, you can keep your smile sparkling white no matter how many cups of coffee you need to make it through the day.
• Rinse out your mouth with water after finishing a teeth-staining food or drink.
• Drink teeth-staining beverages through a straw when possible.
• Brush your teeth regularly.
• And finally ... Colored pigments and surface stains are no match for Mother Nature's teeth whitening remedy - activated charcoal powder.
That's all for today, babe.
I'll speak to you soon!
- xoxo Coco Shine