It’s not necessarily your dental habits that is going to have the greatest impact on your teeth. It’s your lifestyle habits. Basically, you are affected by what you eat and drink. In this article, we highlight four popular food and drinks that promotes yellow teeth.
If you are in the business of whitening your teeth, it is best to avoid these food and drinks or consume them less frequently. A lot of these food and drinks contain chemical agents that either create stains on your teeth, promotes bacterial growth, or weakens your teeth enamel. Keep this rule in mind. If it creates ugly stains on a white t-shirt, it will definitely create stains on your teeth.
#1 Soft Drinks and Sports Drinks
Unfortunately, I have always been a huge soft drink fan back when I was young and I definitely paid the price. Soft drinks can affect your teeth in several ways. First, colored soft drinks like coke can create stains on your teeth surface. Second, the acidity of soft drinks can weaken your teeth enamel. Third, the artificial sugar found in a lot of these drinks act as fuel for bacteria build-up. The bacteria found in plaque release acid that damages your teeth structure. Soft drinks like Gatorade can also have similar impacts on your teeth. Although it is best to avoid these drinks at all cost, it is okay to have them occasionally. To weaken the damage, rinse your mouth with water or use a drinking straw to reduce liquid exposure.
#2 Red Wine
There are a lot of benefits associated with red wine. Lately, there have been a few studies that suggest moderate red wine consumption can be beneficial to your heart and cardiovascular system. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for your teeth. Red wine contain staining agents so it is important to keep wine consumption at a reasonable level. The same applies to other alcohol such as apple cider, beer, and vodka.
The stickier the candy, the more damage it will have on your teeth. You may think the stickiness of candy will help you get rid of stains on the teeth surface but it does the opposite. Artificial candies contain a lot of sugar and as I have explained earlier, sugar acts as a fuel for bacterial growth. Don’t think you can get away with it by having sour candy instead. The acidic compounds found in these candies weaken your teeth enamel. If you ever have candy, make sure you brush and floss your teeth with more care.
Looks like I did no favors to my teeth back when I was a young kid. My favorite chip flavor at the time was salt and vinegar. Again, the acidic compounds found in chips soften your enamel so your teeth will appear a lot more yellow since the layer below the enamel, the dentin, has a yellow texture. To harden your tooth enamel again, the common method is to use solutions contain fluoride. Most toothpastes already come with fluoride protection.
Now that you learned about the popular food and drinks you should avoid, click here to read about four natural food that will boost your teeth whitening efforts!