8 SURPRISING THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW WERE STAINING YOUR TEETH
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Yes, skipping that morning brew will help maintain your pearly whites, but did you know that coffee is not the worst offender when it comes to teeth staining?
The rule of thumb has been: if it stains linens, it stains teeth. Any food or drink that is heavily pigmented, even with artificial colouring, is likely to cause set-in stains on the enamel of your teeth.
Although the colour rule holds true, there is more here than meets the eye. A major cause in the yellowing of teeth is due to the level of acidity in the edibles you consume. Enamel is the protective white layer of your teeth. We are born with a thick layer of enamel, which is why our teeth are so white when we are young!
As you age, the acidity of what you eat erodes the enamel, allowing bacteria and sugar to adhere to your teeth, creating plaque, cavities, and damage while also yellowing your naturally white teeth.
Obviously, unless you carry a pH testing kit with you at all times, you won’t know if what you are eating is causing acid erosion. Keep in mind that if it is likely to give you heartburn, its acidity levels are most likely eroding your teeth. Here are some common offenders.
So what can you eat if even blueberries and apples cause damage? The takeaway is that avoiding foods isn’t the answer. The trick is being aware of the kinds that cause damage. Sipping water intermittently when eating and drinking will rinse the acid and sugar off your teeth. Be sure to rinse your mouth during the day with water.
Brushing twice a day, flossing, and chewing sugar-free gum after meals is also helpful. And, nothing can surpass the importance of seeing your dentist bi-annually to keep the enamel of your teeth strong. If it’s time for your checkup, schedule an appointment with Eastgate Dental Centre at 905-560-2714.