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Foods to Avoid for Whiter Teeth

Foods to Avoid for Whiter TeethKeeping your teeth white may require more than just good dental hygiene. Brushing alone cannot always remove stains that are located deep inside the tooth. Dr. Mirani, cosmetic dentist in Beverly Hills, offers teeth whitening treatments that can restore your bright, beautiful smile. We also recommend avoiding certain foods and beverages with staining tendencies so that you can maintain your newly whitened smile.

One rule of thumb to remember is that if a substance can stain cloth, it is likely to also stain your teeth. Some foods and beverages are bigger offenders than others, including:

• Coffee
Many of us enjoy a cup of coffee to jump start the day or give us an extra boost in the afternoon. Unfortunately, coffee is dark and highly acidic, which can leave teeth more vulnerable to staining.

• Tea
Tea can be a great choice for promoting stronger teeth because it contains fluoride, but it can also cause staining thanks to the high concentration of tannins. Switching your favorite black tea for herbal teas, green tea or white tea can reduce the risk of staining.

• Wine
Even a single glass of wine a day can leave you more vulnerable to stained teeth. Both red and white wine have high levels of tannins and chromogens, and they are very acidic.

• Berries
Similar to red wine, berries have intense natural colors that can leave your teeth looking gray.

• Sports drinks and candy
Brilliant artificial colors and high levels of sugars and acid can leave major stains on your teeth.

If you just cannot give up your morning coffee or your evening glass of wine, you can still protect your teeth and reduce the risk of staining by drinking water after you enjoy staining beverages. Wait half an hour to brush in order to reduce the risk of enamel damage, and consider chewing sugar-free gum to help stimulate saliva flow, which can help neutralize acids.

Contact Dr. Mirani, specialist in teeth whitening in Beverly Hills, to schedule your consultation or to learn more.

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