We all know a good oral care routine is vital for whiter teeth, but did you know half of the battle is in what you eat and drink? Our Teeth Whitening Powder delivers whiter, brighter, cleaner teeth in just 2 minutes, but being mindful of what you eat and drink can make all the difference. To help you get the most out of your MySweetSmile results we've put together a list of the top 5 foods and drinks that are likely to stain and discolour your teeth.
#1 - Coffee
Unfortunately, it comes as no surprise that the first item on our list is coffee. Coffee beans contain a plant-based compound known as tannins. These tannins are the culprit behind the stains and discolouration that come with your morning cup of coffee.
Teeth are porous, meaning they naturally absorb any food or liquid that you consume. To avoid stains, we recommend drinking your coffee through a straw, to limit contact with your teeth. If you take your coffee black (like us), consider adding a dash of milk to lighten the colour, and lessen the staining effect.
#2 - Tea
We've got more bad news for you... tea is even worse for your teeth than coffee. It's packed full of acid and our much-hated tannins, which causes even worse staining effects than coffee. The darker the tea the more likely it is to stain your teeth and wear away at your enamel resulting in discoloured teeth.
Not willing to let go of your morning cuppa? We don't blame you. However, to minimise the impact of stains it's best to move towards lighter blends by adding an extra splash of milk.
#3 - Wine
Let's start with some good news... wine is packed with natural antioxidants that detoxify the mouth and help to fight cavities! Now onto the bad news... through its tannin content wine can cause shades of discolouration that appear grey. These grey shades are significantly more difficult than yellow shades to colour correct.
What about white wine? Surely that can't stain as bad as red wine? White wine is a lot more acidic than red, so while it doesn't directly cause discolouration, it can be responsible for allowing existing stains to sink deeper into your enamel. Unfortunately, we don't have any magical workarounds here, so our best tip would be to limit your consumption (where possible!).
#4 - Fizzy Drinks
Coca Cola is at the top of the list of culprits due to its colour, but even lighter coloured drinks can still cause stains. All fizzy drinks have acidic properties, which create little holes in the enamel of your teeth.
Furthermore, the chemicals used to add flavour can eat away at your enamel, and lead to further staining from other foods that you may be consuming with your can of pop. Our best tip to avoid stains and discolouration? Limit consumption.
#5 - Sweets
Ever eaten sweets and ended up with lips and a tongue that makes you look like a Smurf? As funny as blue lips and a blue tongue can be what you might not realise is that your teeth are getting just as discoloured but you can't see it.
Seems our parents were right when it came to sweets rotting our teeth. The sugar in sweets can attach itself to your teeth and attract bacteria within your mouth. Bacteria and sugar aren't a friendly duo to your teeth, they release acids that start to decay your teeth and cause small stains. The good news here is that unless you eat a lot of sugary treats consistently, they really won't do a lot of harm in small doses.
Changing up your diet, and kick-starting some healthy habits could be the key to getting whiter teeth. But you don't need to give up your morning coffee or throw away your entire sweet cupboard. As long as you moderate your intake of the foods and drinks that we've listed above, and make sure to stay on top of your brushing and flossing you'll avoid most stains and discolouring.
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