The foods and beverages you consume daily have consequences on your teeth. Therefore it’s important to maintain a daily maintenance routine. By discussing your dietary habits with your dentist, they can help you to understand how certain beverages and foods can stain your teeth and offer ways to get your teeth back on track.
Meet the stainers
These offenders can leave your teeth stained and opting to grab for your toothbrush.
- Coffee and Black Teas
- Curry and Saffron herbs
- Red Wine
A good rule of thumb: If the foods or beverages stain your clothes, imagine what they can do to your teeth!
If you eat and drink from the offenders list, there are a few things that will reduce the staining on your teeth and keep your smile healthy and bright:
Brush your teeth right away – If you use toothpaste that contains a whitening agent, all the better. Keep a toothbrush handy wherever you go, especially if you know you’ll be enjoying the foods that leave an impression on your smile.
Use a straw – Straws will pull the liquids inside of the mouth and bypass your smile.
Rinse your mouth – If you are unable to brush right away, swish warm water around in your mouth to dislodge any leftover food particles and alleviate bacteria from forming.
Visit your dentist regularly – Regular dental visits will smooth out the fine cracks in tooth enamel where the coloring agents of the food get trapped. Teeth cleanings twice per year help reduce the amount of cavities or stains that can accumulate.
Everything that we eat and drink can impact our teeth and smile. You owe it to yourself and your oral health to schedule an appointment with your dentist.
About The Practice
Sedation and Implant Dentistry of Tehachapi is a full service dental office providing cutting-edge dental care in Tehachapi for over 30 years. Proprietor, Jose David Sanchez D.D.S., has completed specialized training in restoring complete function and esthetics to patients’ smiles. He is a member of several prestigious dental organizations and is a Fellow of Misch International Implant Institute, Fellow of International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Fellow of Global Dental Implant Academy, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and California Dental Society of Anesthesiology.