It’s no secret that what we eat has a big effect on the way our teeth look. Like coffee, a well-known smile stainer (that’s why you won’t find it on this list — it’s been talked about enough). There are some things you may not realize are slowly staining your smile, though. If you’d like to achieve noticeably whiter teeth naturally this fall, your dentist in State College, PA says avoid these five foods.
#1: Black tea
We told you coffee wouldn’t be on the list, but don’t think you’ll do your teeth any favors when you switch out your caffeine addiction for black tea. It’s also a major culprit behind dingy and stained teeth. We understand how important that morning jolt is, though — so if you can’t get through your day without caffeine, try getting it from green tea, instead.
When it comes to your health, it seems as if there’s just not anything good about soda. Diet or not, those dark bubbles enter your mouth, hit the teeth and, over time, leave them looking far less than white. The problem gets even worse when you sip on dark sodas throughout the day. We know you’ve heard it before, but water really is the best option for hydration.
We’re really taking the fun out of eating, aren’t we? We hate to break it to you, but chocolate can really make teeth appear dingy over time, too — especially the darker it gets. We think everyone should indulge now and then, though, just be sure to rinse your mouth out with water after eating. That’ll go far in rinsing the sugar and leftover staining agents from your mouth.
#4: Dark berries
Dark berries are some of nature’s healthiest offerings. Unfortunately, fruits like blueberries and blackberries can also really stain teeth! But we do want you to get all the antioxidants and vitamins you need, so just remember to rinse your mouth out after consuming dark berries.
#5: Red Wine and Dark Beer
On your next wild night out or cozy evening in, remember to watch what you’re drinking and your brighter smile will thank you for it. Dark beverages like red wine and stout beer taste delicious, but they also leave your teeth looking darker over time. Try white wine and lighter beer as an alternative, or gulp a glass of water between dark drinks instead.
Your State College Dentist Wants To See You Smile
If it’s been more than six months since your last cleaning and checkup, or if you’d like to learn about our more powerful teeth whitening treatments, request your dental appointment with Dr. Marks or Dr. Martin in State College, PA today!