We are all craving that brilliant white smile that never goes out of fashion, with perfectly healthy straight teeth.
But not all of us can afford the expensive dental work involved if we’re not naturally blessed, or the costly whitening toothpastes on the market.
Maybe you’re a little suspicious of the chemicals they put in that stuff. I mean, what bleaching product are you actually putting in your body by using it?
Well it turns out that one of the ways to a brighter, whiter smile is simply avoiding or cutting down on a certain few foods.
So read on to find out which drinks, snacks and meals you should steer clear of to get that dazzling grin you always dreamed of.
1. Red wine
Yup, red wine famously changes the color of your teeth if you drink too much of it.
Whilst it doesn’t actually affect the health of your teeth, it will certainly changes their natural color to an unsightly gray shade over the course of time.
2. White wine
Don’t think you’re getting away with it if you prefer white wine over red either!
Acidic white wine can be bad for your teeth because it attacks the enamel and causes it to thin. If the enamel thins enough, your teeth may become sensitive and fragile, and the layer underneath which is more yellow in color may start to show through.
Even foods that aren’t sweet and sugary can be bad for your teeth, and chips are definitely the worst offenders. It’s because chips consist of fast carbohydrates that turn into glucose under the influence of saliva, so they turn into sugar which attacks your teeth.
Also, think about how long chips stay around in your mouth and stick to your teeth after you eat them. This leads to a buildup of dental plaque, and can even cause cavities, so don’t forget to rinse your mouth out with water after you snack.
4. Chewing gum
We’ve been told all our lives how great chewing gum is for our teeth, but if you do it all the time, it can be bad for your teeth. The biggest danger it poses to your teeth is the effect it can have on dental work you’ve had done, such as fillings, crowns, and bridges.
When you chew gum, saliva production increases, leading to excess levels of alkali in your mouth, which over time can erode dental work. Alkali erodes fillings and dental enamel, but the benefit is it can offset the effects of acidic food. Most of all of course, you should always chew sugar free gum.
Yup, sorry. Turns our nothing sweet is good for your teeth, and popcorn is certainly no exception. Obviously those hard unpopped kernels can damage dental crowns and weaken teeth, so watch out for them.
Another obvious effect is the sweet sugary and toffee popcorn attacking your teeth. But also, popcorn is made up fast carbohydrates just like chips, that form harmful glucose and stick around on your teeth for ever!
6. Dried fruit
We all know by now how bad sugar is when it comes to our dental health. The stuff is famous for harming the teeth of children and adults alike, can lead to cavities and damages your tooth enamel.
So since dried apples, pears, apricots and sugar plums are very sweet, they’re inevitably bad for our teeth, fruit or not. Also because these foods are so sticky in structure, they literally stick the sugar to your teeth!
As we’ve already seen, even healthy foods can be harmful to your teeth. So just like citrus fruit, tomatoes are acidic.
This is true not only for fresh tomatoes but also when they’re used in sauces and stews. Look out for tomatoes in your diet, to keep your teeth strong and healthy!
Not only do blueberries paint your teeth blue in the short term, but over a longer period or time they can also discolor your teeth. Because their juice is very acidic, if you eat enough blueberries, it can actually turn your teeth a more yellow shade than their natural color.
9. Bread, pasta and potatoes
Foods that contain a lot of starch stick to your teeth and can stay inside your mouth long after you’ve eaten, and the starch also provides a breeding ground for dental plaque in your mouth!
Like with chips and popcorn, that starch turns into sugar when it comes into contact with saliva, potentially leading to cavities and other serious issues.
I know, right? Tea can be just as unhealthy for your mouth as coffee. It’s not because of the colouring either, but because of the amount of fluoride that tea contains. Fluoride is necessary to keep your body healthy, but not when there is too much of it.
Too much can lead to a condition called fluorosis, which causes discoloration of the teeth, bone pain and joint stiffness. Research has even found that cheaper brands of tea contain higher levels of fluoride, so it’s recommended that you don’t drink more than 4 cups of tea a day.
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