Having vibrantly white teeth is a pre-requisite for a perfect smile and no matter what smile you flaunt, it always looks better whiter. Many people go through tremendous efforts taking care of their teeth. They brush, floss and have regular dental check ups. Often people fail to realize that the food that we eat can be the cause of discoloured teeth. Most people understand the beverage culprits, such as coffee and wine, but don’t look at the food they ingest into their bodies as causes for less than lustrous fangs. Here we look at some of the common foods that lead to less than radiant teeth.
Citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges have many health benefits. They are rich with vitamins and antioxidants, are a good source of fiber and have cancer fighting properties. A squeeze of lemon in water is an ancient remedy to support digestion and there is nothing that quenches thirst quite as well as a juicy orange on a hot day. But these citrus fruits which have been heralded as the ultimate healthy fruit are disastrous for tooth enamel. The acid content of citrus foods erodes the top enamel layer of the teeth exposing the yellow coloured dentin below the surface. If you’re looking to improve your smile’s shine we’re not saying give up your citrus fruits for good, but if whiter teeth is the goal, reducing the amount of consumption could be key.
Blueberries are a superfood associated with fighting off heart disease, lowering cholesterol and boosting the immune system. These anti-oxidant packed little berries have been named as one of the world’s healthiest foods. Blueberries, along with blackberries and pomegranates, although miraculous for health are one of the biggest stain producing foods on the planet. These richly pigmented berries cast a dark shade on tooth enamel dimming the light of your pearly whites. A good rule of thumb is if a food casts hard-to-remove stains on your clothes it will likely do the same thing to your teeth. Those seeking a naturally white smile may want to limit their intake of darkly pigmented berries.
Sugar is a well recognized culprit of teeth staining and unlike the foods above, has no real health benefits to garnish. Bacteria loves the sugar that latches onto your teeth after enjoying a cookie, chocolate bar or cake and this is where the problem starts. The bacteria on your teeth begins producing an acid that dissolves the tooth enamel and leads to dental decay. We all know what happens after this. Darkened teeth, cavities, bad breath and periodontal disease or gingivitis. To keep the mouth flora healthy, the teeth white and the breath smelling optimal, avoid sugar all together. Not only is sugar bad for the teeth it also causes heart disease, obesity and cancer. Enough said.
It stains your cookware and your countertops, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that it stains your teeth too. The property in curry that causes the stain is called a yellow molecule called curcumin which is found in turmeric. Turmeric has such powerful staining properties that it is often used to dye fabric as it bonds well to cotton and other fibers. These same binding properties are the reason why your smile will probably exhibit a yellow tinge after downing a plate of Vindaloo. If you don’t want to avoid eating curry all together make sure to brush your teeth immediately after eating to scrub away any of that excess yellow and prevent staining.
If your teeth are losing their luster don’t dismay. The de-colouration of teeth is a normal part of life as we get older and expose our teeth to different foods and drinks, not to mention antibiotic staining, excess fluoride exposure, nerve degeneration and more. Luckily there are treatments that can dramatically return your teeth back to their natural shiny white state. At Whistler Dental we offer state-of-the-art ZOOM! teeth whiting which reverses the dis-colouration of enamel. We have found this to be the most effective way to whiten teeth, providing beautiful and lasting results for our patients. If you desire a whiter more vibrant smile, contact Whistler Dental today, we can help!