Beautiful Smiles 101

Posted by on Mar 10, 2019 in Dentistry | 0 comments

Last week, my daughter was talking to me about how she wanted to get her teeth whitened over the summer. She has school pictures every fall and she wants a glowing smile. I don’t blame her. Every kid wants to look their best on picture day. But I did start to wonder if there was anything I could do as a parent to help prevent teeth staining in the first place. My wife and I cook dinner for the kids just about every night. Could what we’re feeding them have anything to do with the color of their teeth? I started looking online and found some great information from the website of Babylon Dental Care. The folks at Babylon Dental Care have tons of experience with teeth whitening and maintaining healthy looking teeth.

It turns out, there are plenty of different foods that can stain your teeth. I didn’t know diet could have such a large impact on teeth health. I was always told that brushing and flossing twice a day would take care of most teeth problems, but it’s more complicated than that.

One of the biggest foods that I need to be aware of as a person is highly acidic foods. Foods with high acidity like tomatoes, lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits can wear away at the enamel in your teeth. When your enamel is worn down, it creates an environment where stains can form more easily. Plus, a dull yellowish color is what lies under your enamel. These foods cause teeth to look dull in color and can cause stains to form.

Dark fruits like blueberries and blackberries aren’t great for teeth either. These fruits stain our fingers if we pick them up, and they stain teeth in the same way very easily. These fruits are super healthy for us. They are loaded with antioxidants and vitamins, so I’m not going to keep my kids away from them, I’m just going to have them drink water while they’re eating them so they can wash the juice out.

Just like dark fruits, dark wines can also stain teeth. This isn’t relevant for my kids, but it’s definitely something to think about for my wife and I. The acidity present in red and white wines alike doesn’t do our enamel any favors. The biggest drink that I need to be concerned with as a parent is soda. Soda is chock full of sugar. This sugar feeds the bacteria in our mouth and thus increasing the rate at which our enamel breaks down. Dark sodas can also contribute to stains. Too much soda can eventually lead to cavities forming.

My kids are still a bit young to be drinking coffee, but they might start enjoying some in the next couple of years. I’ll make sure to let my daughter know that coffee is one of the biggest teeth stainers out there. The dark color in coffee can seep into teeth. It’s hard to avoid it especially because we tend to drink coffee immediately after we’ve brushed our teeth in the morning.

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