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Limit These Stain Causing Foods

May 22, 2019

A healthy diet is one of the main factors that contributes to an individual’s well being throughout their lifetime. Coupled with exercise, not only do these two factors play an important role but they also assist in contributing to a person’s oral health as well. Far too often people associate diet and exercise with only heart health or physical conditioning, when in fact, maintaining a positive diet and regular exercise can also boost the health of your teeth, mouth, and gums.

Whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables are all different types of foods for a healthy mouth. By incorporating these items into your diet on a consistent basis, people not only maintain good oral hygiene but also reduce their risk for any type of oral health concerns. Obviously, issues can arise but taking appropriate steps for early detection and maintenance of any problems, in addition to a positive diet, can aid in the overall health consciousness of the oral region.

Just as there are foods and drinks that can assist in keeping a mouth healthy, there are also items available that can cause harm. Generally, people understand that they should avoid sweets, too much chocolate, and any hard sticky candies - especially if you have braces - but there are even a few foods that are good for you which can cause issues if consumed on a regular basis.

The following list displays different types of foods and drinks which should be limited within every person’s diet in order to avoid teeth staining. The dark, rich colors associated with these foods, paired with the high sugar content of many, tend to eat away at tooth enamel and can cause someone’s pearly whites to begin to fade over time with repeated use. Some may have only a temporary effect, which can be extremely noticeable, but even for the healthy items - overuse may cause long-term issues.

Coffee, Tea, Soda
What does coffee do to your teeth? Well, for many Americans that consume their favorite morning beverage regularly, it can begin to fade and darken the teeth. Limiting consumption can help to avoid creating hard to remove stains as most who maintain proper oral hygiene and bi-annual cleanings will not notice. However, heavy users may have issues and need to seek a different form of help in order to remove the stains.

Tea and soda, plus other liquids with the exception of water also may create issues for those who drink too much. Both have negative health impacts if used in excess and this applies to oral health and hygiene as well. To avoid creating stains on your teeth, even if you cannot cut these drinks out of your diet entirely - then consider limiting the consumption or cutting back on your daily intake.

Artificial Coloring
Any artificial coloring, most notably that which exists in popsicles and ice cream can also stain your teeth. These items especially serve to create a noticeable impact by an immediate change in color of the teeth, tongue, and sometimes gumline. If you ingest a red popsicle, often it will begin to turn your mouth a bright red color - these artificial ingredients and colors can be detrimental to a smile if used repeatedly over time.

Again, the best way to avoid long-term effects is to limit these items and only consume in moderation, if at all.

Blueberries can have many positive health impacts on a person’s regular diet, although they too can cause teeth staining when they become a regular part of a diet. The dark, rich color and juice of a blueberry may cause an individual’s teeth to stain momentarily during consumption but typically this fades as time passes. Repeated use may create a longer lasting stain but the other health benefits outweigh any concern for long-term issues.

As a part of a healthy diet, if people keep good quality oral care and hygiene, then they can seemingly avoid any of the staining effects from these more health conscious choices.

Another example of a quality food item that may cause staining with extended use are beets. A vegetable serving as another example of vibrant colors with stain causing potential, the difference between these items and other referenced stain causing color contributors, are these occur naturally.

Not having added fake colors allows for a natural stain that may appear during the course of a meal but typically is washed away with a proper brushing of one’s teeth. 

Dark Sauces
There are also a handful of condiments and dark sauces that can have an impact on the brightness of a smile and similar to soda, many need to only be used in moderation. Soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, and even tomato paste (i.e. barbeque sauces and ketchup) can be detrimental to a smile and also cause other issues due to their sugar content. As with many of the other food items on this list, consider their use to be an exception and limit these items within your diet in order to ensure a long lasting and healthy smile well into the future.

If you’re looking to establish a good oral healthcare plan, facing an oral issue, in need of a teeth straightening method, or looking to correct any potential bite problems, then let the highly trained experts at Prentice Orthodontics help today. Perhaps you have been referred to seek an orthodontist opinion upon request from the dentist and need help. If so, know that we are able to assist with any and all misalignment issues, while being the only elite Invisalign provider in the area. Whether you are a candidate for that or in need of traditional braces, our professionally trained staff serves to provide a wealth of knowledge while assisting you throughout the entire process and answering any other questions you may have. Serving Broomfield and the surrounding areas, our office can provide assistance with any of your oral needs, including answering any of your questions you may have about the care and procedures associated with all orthodontics. Contact us today or call 303-468-7722 to schedule your first appointment and get started.