Hiya Folks! It feels good to be back.
I almost wrote a post last week – but the Tuesday slot works for me, so here we go.
September 12 was World Oral Health Day – so it seems like a good idea to take a good look at our teeth. What do you say?
But rather than ramble on about brushing and flossing and regular visits to the dentist (which am sure your mommy must already be doing) – I would like to share some information about various food stuffs that stain our teeth. What is more, these are things we eat regularly. Stains can gradually lead to tartar build up and then….no, let’s not go there. Let’s look at the foods instead.
Yup. The cup that cheers might be a healthy beverage, but it has no role in keeping your teeth white. For those who like black tea, it is more bad news. It stains your teeth more than coffee. Even herbal and tea with milk are known to erode tooth enamel and stain it. So – do you stop drinking tea? Well – what you might consider doing is rinse your mouth after your tea to minimize the chances of stains.
Yummy – and the convenient accompaniment to many dishes, sauces are culprits too. Soy sauce, tomato sauce and other curry sauces stain teeth significantly. You could try lighter cream sauces. Alternately, rinse your mouth after you eat. You do that anyway, right?
Those high energy (and expensive, I may add) sports drinks are acidic and known to erode tooth enamel. Staining can happen soon after. If you work out regularly, try and limit drinking these. Water is a definitely better. For your overall health and your teeth.
So nice and relaxing especially with the right kind of food; but it is not just the table cloth wine can stain. It can also stain your teeth. Red wine is acidic and has tannins and chromogens that discolor teeth. And before you wonder about white wine, let me tell you that white wine is worse.
Those blueberries, black berries, cherries, pomegranates and just about any brilliantly colored fruit can stain teeth. Same with the juices. Oh yes, they’re great for health because they’re rich in antioxidants. So – brush, floss well.
This includes colas and sodas and all those fizzy drinks – these can stain your teeth big time. The acidity level is high in these drinks. You must have heard about the myth of the tooth which dissolved gradually when kept in a cup of cola. It is true. The flavored additives in these drinks add to the agony. So the next time you say cheers – make sure you rinse your mouth.
You already know this. Any candy or chewing gum that leaves that interesting shade of vibrant color can also stain your teeth with its coloring agents. But so long as you don’t eat them too often, you’re safe. And when you do eat them, you know what to do. Rinse.
How can you avoid these stains?
Obviously you can’t cut off the above foods and drinks as they are beneficial to your overall health. Continue to eat/drink and be merry but add some more variety in the form of apples, grapefruit, melons and cauliflower. Also, rinse after every meal. Some other things you can do are:
- Use a straw to drink at least to protect the front teeth from stains
- Avoid sloshing drinks around in your mouth. Swallow but don’t gulp to the extent of choking.
- Each time you eat something likely to cause a stain, rinse your mouth with water. Only then brush. Why? Because for about half an hour after you’ve eaten or drunk something your teeth are at risk of get abraded from brushing. So wash, and then brush.
- Have some sugarfree chewing gum handy to chew as soon as you’ve eaten.
There – that’s it for now.
Do you have tips to share for dental care? Please share them!
And stay healthy!
If there are any particular topics you would like to read about. Please mail me at vidzworld [AT] gmail [DOT]com and let me know.
Vidya Sury earns her toothpaste and mouthwash as a Freelance Writer and Professional Blogger. She’s mom to a teenager who just got his dental braces off. When she’s not working, drinking coffee, listening to music, reading or spring cleaning, she blogs at Going A-Musing, Coffee With Mi! and Your Medical Guide and tweets as @vidyasury