A bright, white smile is all the rage, but many foods and beverages you consume may stain your teeth. Do you know what to avoid to keep your teeth untarnished?
Coffee and tea have some similar staining qualities, but tea is also full of tannins which seep into your porous tooth enamel and compound the problem.
Chromogens are molecules with extreme pigmentation that can actually stain your teeth.
While you should chew your food completely, keeping highly pigmented food around your teeth for a long period of time will contribute to staining.
Mix one teaspoon of baking soda with a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to create a paste. Brush with it like toothpaste, and this home remedy could help whiten your smile.
It's a good rule of thumb to think this way. Dark sauces like soy sauce and balsamic vinegar are highly pigmented and can both stain your clothes and seep through your enamel to stain your teeth.
Acid in foods and drinks can erode enamel and make it easier for stains to penetrate teeth. Carbonated colas are particularly tough on white teeth, so watch how many you drink.
Using a straw will keep stain-inducing beverages away from your teeth -- especially the front ones that everybody notices.
Professional whitening is only one way to correct stains on your teeth. There are also many at-home products you can use to make your teeth whiter.
The deep pigments these popular fruits contain can leech onto your teeth.
Tannins are food compounds that help chromogens attach to tooth enamel, which contributes to staining.
Brushing right away will remove many of the elements that get into your enamel and cause staining.
A teeth-whitening kit can actually help address tough coffee marks by bleaching stains both on and below the surface of the tooth.
Specialized toothpastes may, in fact, improve the look of your smile due to ingredients like baking soda or peroxide that are geared to whiten teeth.
Although white wine doesn't contain the same tannins as red wine, it's still acidic, which allows other foods to stain your teeth more easily.
Artificial colors and even naturally pigmented foods contain molecules that can easily adhere to your enamel.
Rinsing your mouth out can remove food particles that might otherwise stick to and stain your teeth.
Tooth enamel is actually a semi-translucent protective shell on your tooth. The dentin underneath the enamel is the white part of your tooth.
Whitening strips use a peroxide-based whitening gel to banish teeth stains. Use them as directed, and they could brighten your smile for a long time.
Certain vegetables, such as lettuce, spinach and broccoli, can add a protective film to your teeth that will fight against other stain-causing foods you might eat.
With their bright colors and high acid content, sports drinks may cause more staining on your teeth.