Have you ever gone out wearing a light color and drank a glass of red wine or another colored beverage? The first thing you start to worry about is an accidental spill. If you are worrying about how your beverage will stain the lightly color outfit you are wearing, do you ever stop to think about it staining your teeth? Your smile is the first thing we see as we meet and greet each other daily. When you have pearly white teeth, your smile seems flawless, but how do you keep them this way throughout the days, months, even years? By simply taking care of your teeth, you can achieve the ultimate results of a beautiful smile. Listed below are the three common beverages you should avoid on a regular basis to keep those pearly whites sparkling.
- Red Wine is the number one beverage that will stain your teeth. Imagine spilling a glass of red wine on something white. It is so hard to get the stain out. You basically have to get it professionally dry-cleaned to help with the stain removal. Now, imagine what it does to your pearly whites. If you want to enjoy a glass of red wine, take a second and use the restroom to swish a little water in your mouth. This will help to rinse out the staining agents and save you the trouble later.
- Black Tea can be dangerous to your white teeth as well. Black tea is enriched with chromogen (a substance that can be converted to a dye when oxidized), but low in tannin (yellowish to light brown amorphous masses that form on the teeth). Meaning your Earl Grey can be harsher on your teeth than coffee due to the fact that your teeth are actually being dyed. Black tea can be yummy on a rainy day, but follow up with a tooth brush to brush away the dye that is left behind on your teeth.
- Cola can be one of the hardest drinks for most Americans to avoid, but it does contribute to teeth staining. Cola and additional soft drinks are acidic and chromogen based, which will soften your enamel, then stain. Try sipping through a straw to help keep the beverages from being in direct contact with your teeth. If you happen to be in the mood for a little taste, try limiting the amount to not only keep your teeth shining brightly, but to keep them strong and flawless over the next several years.
Red wine, black tea, and cola’s are definitely among the popular beverages that are consumed on a daily basis by Americans. Though these can cause teeth staining and enamel softening, there are a few things we can do to help protect our pearly whites. Rinsing your mouth with water, sipping through a straw, brushing your teeth after a drink, and even swallowing promptly can all help to keep these yummy staining beverages away from our teeth. Like I said before, your smile is one of the first things that stand out on a daily basis as we meet and greet. Take the time to keep it flawless. By the way if you just can’t stay away from food and drink that stain, Professional tooth whitening systems are available that really do the trick. We even have whitening pen available to carry in your purse or pocket to touch up those purple teeth right after a drink of red wine.