Despite major advancements in the field of teeth whitening and the development of many different in-office and at-home whitening treatments, we are still not great at avoiding the problem of stained teeth altogether. Part of the reason is that to have perfectly pearly whites, we would have to abstain from a substantial quantity of beloved drinks and foods that stain teeth. While we value the whiteness of our smile, we simply can’t seem to stay away from treats that, due either to their pigmentation or level of acidity, pose the threat of discolorations.
Celebrity prosthodontist, Joe Kravitz says that fluctuations in pH are the precursors to tooth staining and decay. He has a 7-based formula to rectify the damage before it happens: “It’s my recommendation that you rinse with water for 7 seconds, within a 7-minute window after eating…Rinsing with water will help buffer the acids and neutralize the imbalance in the mouth.” If you have just undergone whitening treatment, are preparing to be photographed profusely or simply want to the brightest smile possible, you should avoid these 15 drinks and foods that stain teeth.
1. Coffee Your white coffee mugs have permanent maps of all those cups past, even though you wash them. Imagine that same effect of slow buildup on your teeth.
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