A bright, white smile is something we all covet -- and that’s no surprise, considering how much our teeth affect our overall appearance and, beyond that, our confidence. In fact, a recent study found that people with whiter teeth are perceived to be more attractive, confident, trustworthy and financially successful than their peers. In short, there’s a real motivation to achieving a bright, white smile -- but there are also plenty of deterrents to achieving that dazzling look and feel.
While proper oral hygiene -- flossing daily and brushing twice-day, for starters -- is invaluable for maintaining a healthy, vibrant smile, there’s more to it than just maintenance. To stay white and bright, you need to watch what you’re eating and drinking so you can avoid yellowing, stains and long term discoloration. Avoiding these six foods and drinks is a good jumping-off point.
There’s some truth to what Grandma always said -- sugar can rot your teeth. Bacteria in your mouth feed off sugar and, in the process, release acids that damage teeth and cause dark spots and other forms of decay.
Citrus foods are highly acidic and break down enamel, exposing the dentin and increasing the risk of staining and yellowing. Even brushing after can be problematic -- your teeth may already be weakened from the acid, making brushing and flossing more damaging than helpful.
Arming yourself with the knowledge featured here is the first step to fending off stains and yellowing. Don’t worry though -- there’s no need to cut out all your favorite foods. Instead, eat and drink acidic, highly pigmented foods and drinks like these in moderation, use straws or a lid and don’t let them linger in your mouth for too long.
A Whiter Smile Is Still Possible
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