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Drinks You May Not Realize Actually Stain Your Teeth
Posted on 7/23/2020 by Tod A. Bigelow, DDS, PLLC
The ill-effects of some habits on your dental health is too gradual to be noticed. However, their effects are both real and detrimental to the wellbeing of your teeth. Consumption of certain drinks is such a habit whose long-term effects on your teeth and gums are not easily understood until it becomes visible in the form of stains. It's better to understand what drinks have the potential to discolor and stain teeth so that you can take them in moderation or avoid them altogether. Drinks that Stain Your Teeth Drinks that are high in acidic content and beverages with pigmentation are usually what leave stains on your teeth. They also play their role in weakening the enamel in your mouth. Coffee is one of the most common causes of stains as a considerable proportion of the population consumes it more than once every day. While this is understood by many, what few people know is that tea, both green and black, can also create stains. Sugary drinks and dark aerated sodas are also ill-suited for the health of your teeth and gums. They have acid that does not treat enamel well. A popular misconception is that clear drinks and sodas do not stain your teeth. In reality, they are loaded with citric acid, which is bad news for both your gums and teeth. Red wine is another common drink that can lead to stained teeth. Juices and energy drinks are also high in acidity, and therefore, will leave your teeth stained. How do I Take Care of Stained Teeth? Avoiding or cutting down on drinks and food that stain your teeth is an ideal first step. Take care to brush and floss your teeth twice daily and schedule regular dental cleanings at any of our offices so that your teeth remain free of stains.... Read more...