With the holiday season upon us, many people in Montreal are making an effort to look their best and this of course includes having a beautiful white smile. Many of our patients ask us how they can maintain their smile radiant after whitening treatments. Our hygienist Lina Dawli at Prisma Dentistes warns of these 6 beverages which have the potential to stain your pearly smile.
Sports and energy drinks
Running around to check off your holiday shopping list might require extra energy, but consuming energy beverages will not do your smile any good.
Not only there are highly acidic which can damage the enamel, they usually contain loads of sugar which creates the best condition for bacterial growth.
Water is your best friend to stay hydrated.
Due to it having a substance called tannins, coffee is dark in color which can yellow your teeth with frequent prolonged exposures. Also it is highly acidic which can eat away your tooth enamel.
Most people find it hard to give up coffee so instead we recommend adding milk or a milk substitute to your java to tone down its staining affects. In Vienna they always serve coffee with a glass of lukewarm water to rinse off the coffee, I think we should start copying this in Canada.
Many types of tea contain natural fluoride which is good for the enamel. However, teas also have different coloring effects on teeth. Tea is generally less acidic than coffee but it still contains tannins.
If you must consume tea, you can add milk or milk substitute to it, or try drinking lighter colored herbal teas. A glass of lukewarm water can also be an option to wash off the coloring effect.
A common denominator among coffee, tea and wine is tannins, so yes you guessed it right red wine can very much stain your teeth. The more frequent/prolonged the exposure the more chances of discoloration to the teeth.
Brush your teeth only 20-30 minutes after drinking red wine but rinse your mouth with plenty of water right after.
White wine is light in color but a lot more acidic than red wine. When the acidity attacks tooth enamel it breaks down the protective hard layer of the tooth and expose the yellow layer that is underneath. This gives the tooth a yellower look as if it is stained. If you want to enjoy a glass of white wine with dinner make sure you rinse your mouth with enough water to remove the acidity from sticking to your teeth.
Fruit juices contain a lot of sugar and are usually very acidic. Similarly to sports drinks the sugar helps feed the bacteria while the acidity destroys enamel surface.
Moreover, darker fruit juices like grape juice and cranberry juice have the potential to yellow the teeth.
Water is the healthiest choice.
Note that consuming a piece of cheese before consuming these beverages can help reduce the effects of acidity on the teeth.
Happy holidays for everyone