If you want to keep your smile bright, think about what you put in your mouth on a daily basis. What you eat, drink and even smoke affect your teeth and how they look and it is even more likely to happen as you age.
However, if you know what to drink and what to avoid, you should be able to keep those pearly whites bright and shiny as you please.
Let's Look at What Causes Stains?
As you get older your tooth enamel changes and the stains get into the little cracks that appear as time goes by. There are a few things you need to watch out for and those are Chromogens – which are compounds with strong pigments that cling to the enamel. Tannins – which are plant-based compounds that make stains easy to stick to teeth and lastly acids – that make your tooth enamel softer and rougher which makes stains easier to set in.
Which are the Best and Worst?
Most would think that coffee is the worst drink to stain your teeth because it is very dark and very acidic and together over time it helps turn white teeth yellow. However, it is not the worst. That category belongs to tea. Not only is tea full of acid, but it also has tannins. Red wine is also not very good for your teeth, for your health maybe, but so much your teeth, it's very acidic, has lots of tannins and the deep color all work against your teeth. White wine is only a tad better, despite its color still has tannins in it and can stain the teeth.
But the initial question was do clear beverages still cause dental staining and the answer is yes. Just because you drink a clear soda your teeth will get duller over time because those sodas and liquids still contain acids. While they may not have the immediate effect they still will stain your teeth if you drink them long term.
If you are worried about your teeth and stains, we encourage you to call our office to set your appointments for your regular 6 month check-up and cleanings this will help keep your smile bright and clear for years to come.
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